co·​til·​lion | \ kō-ˈtil-yən How to pronounce cotillion (audio) , kə- \
variants: or less commonly cotillon \ kō-​ˈtil-​yən How to pronounce cotillon (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
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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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The first known use of cotillion was in 1728

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“Cotillion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cotillion

chiefly US, formal : a large formal party for dancing

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