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co·til·lionalso co·til·lon (kō-tĭl′yən, kə-)
1. A formal ball, especially one at which young women are presented to society.
a. A lively dance, originating in France in the 18th century, having varied, intricate patterns and steps.
b. A quadrille.
c. The music for these dances.
[French cotillon, from Old French, petticoat, diminutive of cote, coat; see coat.]
cotillion(kəˈtɪljən; kəʊ-) or
1. (Dancing) a French formation dance of the 18th century
2. (Dancing) US a quadrille
3. (Dancing) US a complicated dance with frequent changes of partners
4. US and Canadian a formal ball, esp one at which debutantes are presented
[C18: from French cotillon dance, from Old French: petticoat, from cote coat]
co•til•lion(kəˈtɪl yən, koʊ-)
1. a formal ball given esp. for debutantes.
2. any of various dances resembling the quadrille.
3. a formalized dance for a large number of people, in which a head couple leads the others through elaborate figures.
[1760–70; < French cotillon kind of dance, in Old French: petticoat =cote coat + -illon diminutive suffix]
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