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quadrille

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noun qua·drille \kwä-ˈdril, kwə-, kə-\

Definition of quadrille

  1. 1 :  a four-handed variant of ombre popular especially in the 18th century

  2. 2 :  a square dance for four couples made up of five or six figures chiefly in 68 and 24 time; also :  music for this dance

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The quadrille, named for its four couples that form the sides of a square, seems to have begun as a French country dance. In the 18th century it became fashionable among the French nobility; as performed by elegantly dressed aristocrats, it became slow and formal. It crossed over to England and from there to New England, where it turned back into a dance for the common people. It soon evolved into the American square dance, a lively type of dance that employs a "caller" to make sure everyone remembers the steps.

Origin and Etymology of quadrille

French, group of knights engaged in a carousel, from Spanish cuadrilla troop, from diminutive of cuadra square, from Latin quadra, quadrum


First Known Use: 1726


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quadrille

adjective qua·drille

Definition of quadrille

  1. :  marked with squares or rectangles

Origin and Etymology of quadrille

French quadrillé


First Known Use: 1856


QUADRILLE Defined for English Language Learners

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quadrille

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noun qua·drille \kwä-ˈdril, kwə-, kə-\

Definition of quadrille for English Language Learners

  • : a dance for four couples who each form one side of a square


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