Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille1

noun

  • 1A square dance performed typically by four couples and containing five figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

    • ‘Working with the steps of formal quadrilles and folk dances, St Lucians developed different kinds of dances.’
    • ‘The traditional folk dance, the quadrille, dates back to eighteenth century European settlers.’
    • ‘‘La Danza del Toro’ (dance of the bull) is a centuries-old quadrille, danced with swords, which re-enacts a folk stow from Mexico's colonial past.’
    • ‘The final of the three numbers was an eight-person quadrille with some modern variations.’
    • ‘As soon as the quadrille ended another waltz began.’
    • ‘The shifting positions on his map give the impression of a lobsters' quadrille being danced.’
    • ‘Who might indulge in a boogie-woogie quadrille at such a time is beyond me.’
    • ‘Oh, yes, I had three waltzes, the second quadrille and the mazurka, and he is ever so courteous, and kind, and gentlemanly!’
    • ‘It won't last long, this curious quadrille of quasi-courtship.’
    • ‘Dickens, we are told, happily danced a half dozen quadrilles and thanked his hosts for their ‘affectionate’ greeting.’
    • ‘Traditional French Canadian dances include the quadrille and the gigue.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music for a quadrille dance.
      • ‘He only grinned and led me back onto the dance floor as quadrille began.’
      • ‘One could find parts of a symphony and an overture of German or Austrian origin along with Italian opera selections, quadrilles, and virtuoso items.’
      • ‘The earliest music of European origin included quadrilles played by regimental bands in the penal settlements.’
    2. 1.2historical Each of four groups of riders taking part in a tournament or carousel, distinguished by a special costume or colors.
    3. 1.3 A riding display.
      ‘a 32-horse quadrille’
      • ‘One chooses to concentrate on jumping; the other practices quadrille maneuvers, an excellent way to perfect riding skills.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, from Spanish cuadrilla or Italian quadriglia troop, company from cuadra, quadra square based on Latin quadrare make square.

Pronunciation:

quadrille

/kwäˈdril/

Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille2

noun

  • A trick-taking card game for four players using a deck of forty cards (i.e., one lacking eights, nines, and tens), fashionable in the 18th century.

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, perhaps from Spanish cuartillo (from cuarto fourth). The change in the first syllable was due to association with quadrille.

Pronunciation:

quadrille

/kwäˈdril/

Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille3

noun

  • A ruled grid of small squares, especially on paper.

Origin

Late 19th century: from French quadrillé, from quadrille small square from Spanish cuadrillo small block.

Pronunciation:

quadrille

/kwäˈdril/