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also 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.]


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Bankers, Lombard Street), who had been making up to Miss Maria the last two seasons, actually asked Amelia to dance the cotillon, could you expect that the former young lady should be pleased?
I feel, on these premises, as if I was a bear--with the cramp--in a youthful Cotillon.
Obenga probably quotes directly from Antenor Firmin's 1885 original edition, De l'Egalite des Races Humaines (Anthropologie Positive) (Paris: Libraire Cotillon, 1885).
Civil War Gala Formal military ball and cotillon, featuring period music, dances and history.
Balanchine left to form his own company, Les Ballets 1933, but was not able to take with him his creations, the legendary Cotillon and La Concurrence.
22) Giovanni-Andrea Gallini, Critical Observations on the Art of Dancing, to Which Is Added a Collection of Cotillons or French Dances (London, 1770), cotillon section.