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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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At each cross-path was an orchestra, and tables spread with refreshments; the guests stopped, formed quadrilles, and danced in any part of the grounds they pleased.
danced quadrilles and waltzes on moonlight evenings on the quarter-
Pepper stopped and began a discourse upon round dances, country dances, morris dances, and quadrilles, all of which are entirely superior to the bastard waltz and spurious polka which have ousted them most unjustly in contemporary popularity--when the waiters gently pushed him on to his table in the corner.
With a single set of quadrilles, and several country dances, we carried it on to a pretty late hour; and at length, having called upon our musician to strike up a waltz, I was just about to whirl Eliza round in that delightful dance, accompanied by Lawrence and Jane Wilson, and Fergus and Rose, when Mr.
For the clearing off of these worthies, Mrs Podsnap added a small and early evening to the dinner, and looked in at the music-shop to bespeak a well-conducted automaton to come and play quadrilles for a carpet dance.
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
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.