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co·til·lion

also co·til·lon  (kō-tĭl′yən, kə-)
n.
1. A formal ball, especially one at which young women are presented to society.
2.
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

cotillon

n
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-)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotillion - a ball at which young ladies are presented to societycotillion - a ball at which young ladies are presented to society
formal, ball - a lavish dance requiring formal attire
2.cotillion - a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
ballroom dance, ballroom dancing - any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
References in classic literature ?
In the middle of the cotillion, having completed one of the figures, Natasha, still out of breath, was returning to her seat when another dancer chose her.
When the cotillion was over the old count in his blue coat came up to the dancers.
For one of the merry cotillions before supper Prince Andrew was again her partner.
Look,' sez I, 'at the disgrace he brings upon a high-toned, fash'nable girl, at whose side he's walked and danced, and passed rings, and sentiments, and bokays in the changes o' the cotillion and the mizzourka.
The set in which they found themselves was composed of English, and Amy was compelled to walk decorously through a cotillion, feeling all the while as if she could dance the tarantella with relish.
These decorations proved her popularity in very much the same way as do the cotillion favors hanging on the bedroom walls of the fashionable belle.
The cotillions were over, the country-dancing beginning, and she saw nothing of the Tilneys.
So he began to prate to Miss Marian of clubs, of teas, of golf and riding and kennels and cotillions and tours abroad and threw out hints of a yacht lying at Larchmont.
The stamina-sapping 3m6f Conditions Race for ten year olds and over looks at the mercy of Cotillion.
The Pulmonairs, made up of dozen patients with chronic pulmonary diseases, performed "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and other numbers during a holiday party for some 150 patients and families at The Cotillion banquets in Palatine.
Illustrations--a print of the 1620 landing of pilgrims, a sketch of chronicler John Smith, a page from Mary Rowlandson's writing about her captivity, a satiric cartoon of lacing a corset, portraits, sketches of a cotillion and a headstone, and a broadside of the death of Lydia Minot--introduce the styles of art that preserve the history of New World settlers.
With all my cotillion penance, I don't remember a single field trip to the shooting range.