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qua·drille 1

 (kwŏ-drĭl′, kwə-, kə-)
1. A square dance in 6/8 or 2/4 time of French origin, composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
2. The music for this dance.

[French, from quadrille, team, crew, one of four groups of horsemen, from Spanish cuadrilla, probably diminutive of cuadro, square, from Latin quadrum; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]

qua·drille 2

 (kwŏ-drĭl′, kwə-, kə-)
A card game popular during the 1700s, played by four people with a deck of 40 cards.

[French, perhaps from Spanish cuartillo, diminutive of cuarto, fourth, from Latin quārtus; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]


(kwɒˈdrɪl; kwə-)
1. (Dancing) a square dance of five or more figures for four or more couples
2. (Music, other) a piece of music for such a dance, alternating between simple duple and compound duple time
to perform this dance
[C18: via French from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro square, from Latin quadra]


(kwɒˈdrɪl; kwə-)
(Card Games) an old card game for four players
[C18: from French, from Spanish cuartillo, from cuarto fourth, from Latin quartus, influenced by quadrille1]


(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

a square dance for four couples, consisting of five parts or movements, each complete in itself.
[1730–40; < French < Sp cuadrilla company, troop < Latin quadra]


(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

a four-person version of omber, popular in England and France in the 18th century.
[1720–30; < French < Sp cuartillo, diminutive of cuarto fourth< Latin quārtus]


(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

ruled in squares, as graph paper.
[1880–85; < French quadrillé, past participle of quadriller to rule in squares, derivative of quadrille lozenge < Sp cuadrilla; see quadrille1]


 a meeting of four or more persons; a band, troop, or company; a dance performed by four couples, 1773; a group of four horsemen, 1738; a square dance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quadrille - music for dancing the quadrillequadrille - music for dancing the quadrille  
dance music - music to dance to
2.quadrille - a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples
square dance, square dancing - American country dancing in which couples form squares
lancers - a quadrille for 8 or 16 couples


[kwəˈdrɪl] Ncuadrilla f


nQuadrille f
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The great gate is flung open, and the procession marches in, splendidly costumed and glittering: the marshals of the day, then the picadores on horseback, then the matadores on foot, each surrounded by his quadrille of CHULOS.
Bates, the widow of a former vicar of Highbury, was a very old lady, almost past every thing but tea and quadrille.
Alice began to say `I once tasted--' but checked herself hastily, and said `No, never') `--so you can have no idea what a delightful thing a Lobster Quadrille is
The young man looked, bowed in obedience, and then went to Teresa, and invited her to dance in a quadrille directed by the count's daughter.
She had also asked him twice to dine at Rosings, and had sent for him only the Saturday before, to make up her pool of quadrille in the evening.
exclaimed $25, "this is the first ball I have been at that I was not thought good enough to have a place in the quadrille.
Sooner or later I shall dance in an imperial quadrille.
The movements of the other women were more or less similar to Tess's, the whole bevy of them drawing together like dancers in a quadrille at the completion of a sheaf by each, every one placing her sheaf on end against those of the rest, till a shock, or "stitch" as it was here called, of ten or a dozen was formed.
Saying these words, Caddy laughingly sat down at a little jingling square piano and really rattled off a quadrille with great spirit.
For the moment, the dance which is in progress is a quadrille.
Twenty-six years of age, a worker working without purpose, steady as a girl, monotonous and apathetic, holding cafes, cigars, and horsemanship in detestation, going to bed regularly at ten o'clock and rising at seven, gifted with some social talents, such as playing quadrille music on the flute, which first brought him into favor with the Saillards and the Baudoyers.
Sir Patrick's interest in the first quadrille became almost painful to see.