co·​til·​lion | \ kō-ˈtil-yən How to pronounce cotillion (audio) , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cotillon \ kō-​ˈtil-​yən How to pronounce cotillion (audio) , kə-​ , kȯ-​tē-​(y)ōⁿ \

Definition of cotillion

1 : a ballroom dance for couples that resembles the quadrille
2 : an elaborate dance with frequent changing of partners carried out under the leadership of one couple at formal balls
3 : a formal ball

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young men hoping to meet the women of their dreams at the cotillion
Recent Examples on the Web Their deliverance — a joyous disco-drag cotillion of sorts — is twofold: a challenge to the expectations of tragedy inside the play and a hopeful take on intolerance about gender expression, vulnerability and sexuality outside of it. New York Times, 22 June 2022 In lieu of a debutante cotillion or other social ritual, the coming-out of my hair would mark my transition from girl to teenager. Michaela Angela Davis, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2022 The miserable-looking cotillion involves spats among contestants when Rachel and Suzan argue who gets to wear a silver sparkly dress, and Calah and Sara Rose feud over an issue that is never actually explained. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 By the 1920s, Greek life had become a way for wealthy Southern belles like Zelda Fitzgerald to escape the restraints (literally and figuratively) of cotillion corsetry. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Sep. 2021 The execution scene, its appalling cruelty cloaked in ceremony, bears a grotesque resemblance to the presentation of debutantes at a cotillion ball. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The heroine’s mother, Eunice ( Erica Gimpel ), presides over a Harlem finishing school that prepares proper little girls for cotillion. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 Committee members of the cotillion and past alumni will host a social distance parade to crown the 2020 Miss Cotillion. Briana Rice,, 1 May 2020 Also cotillion dresses in silver and emerald green and evening gowns encrusted in three-dimensional metallic blooms. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cotillion

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cotillion

French cotillon, literally, petticoat, from Old French, from cote coat

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9 Jul 2022

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“Cotillion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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