quadrille


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qua·drille 1

 (kwŏ-drĭl′, kwə-, kə-)
n.
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-)
n.
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.]

quadrille

(kwɒˈdrɪl; kwə-)
n
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
vb
to perform this dance
[C18: via French from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro square, from Latin quadra]

quadrille

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

quad•rille1

(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

n.
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]

quad•rille2

(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

n.
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]

quad•rille3

(kwɒˈdrɪl, kwə-, kə-)

adj.
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]

Quadrille

 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
Translations

quadrille

[kwəˈdrɪl] Ncuadrilla f

quadrille

nQuadrille f
References in classic literature ?
A beardless youth, one of those society youths whom the old Prince Shtcherbatsky called "young bucks," in an exceedingly open waistcoat, straightening his white tie as he went, bowed to them, and after running by, came back to ask Kitty for a quadrille. As the first quadrille had already been given to Vronsky, she had to promise this youth the second.
(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!'
For the moment, the dance which is in progress is a quadrille. General admiration selects two of the ladies who are dancing as its favorite objects.
Tracy Tupman hopping about, with a face expressive of the most intense solemnity, dancing (as a good many people do) as if a quadrille were not a thing to be laughed at, but a severe trial to the feelings, which it requires inflexible resolution to encounter.
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.
"Carmela wished to form a quadrille, but there was one lady wanting.
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. She lived with her single daughter in a very small way, and was considered with all the regard and respect which a harmless old lady, under such untoward circumstances, can excite.
But who has not beheld these among women, and recognised the presence of all sorts of qualities in them, even though they say no more to you than that they are engaged to dance the next quadrille, or that it is very hot weather?
While incidents like these, arising out of drums and masquerades and parties at quadrille, were passing at the west end of the town, heavy stagecoaches and scarce heavier waggons were lumbering slowly towards the city, the coachmen, guard, and passengers, armed to the teeth, and the coach--a day or so perhaps behind its time, but that was nothing--despoiled by highwaymen; who made no scruple to attack, alone and single-handed, a whole caravan of goods and men, and sometimes shot a passenger or two, and were sometimes shot themselves, as the case might be.
"Well!" 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. You see all the canaille are in the hands of their owners, while we, the elite of pocket- handkerchiefs, are left here in a corner, like so many cloaks."
However, Mr Swiveller had Miss Sophy's hand for the first quadrille