cotillion

noun co·til·lion \ kō-ˈtil-yən , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cotillon play \kō-ˈtil-yən, kə-, kȯ-tē-(y)ōⁿ\
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

  1. young men hoping to meet the women of their dreams at the cotillion

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Origin and Etymology of cotillion

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


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Definition of cotillion for English Language Learners

  • : a large formal party for dancing



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