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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.
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]
(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-)
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-)
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-)
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]
Quadrillea 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.
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|Noun||1.||quadrille - 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|
lancers - a quadrille for 8 or 16 couples