cotillon\kō-ˈtil-yən, 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
Examples of cotillion in a Sentence
young men hoping to meet the women of their dreams at the cotillion
Recent Examples of cotillion from the Web
Vincent Ferramosca Jr., 87, a florist whose shop in Silver Spring, Md., specialized in weddings, cotillions and other special events, died June 19 at home in Silver Spring.
White dresses are a must for baptisms/confirmation, cotillions, debutante balls, high school AND college graduations, and finally, weddings.
His childhood during the late 1940s and early 1950s was steeped in the old Baltimore society of cotillions and debutantes.
Send her to an SEC game, a crawfish boil, and maybe a cotillion.
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Origin and Etymology of cotillion
French cotillon, literally, petticoat, from Old French, from cote coat
First Known Use: 1728See Words from the same year
COTILLION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cotillion for English Language Learners
: a large formal party for dancing
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