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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 musicians were securely confined in an elevated den, and quadrilles were being systematically got through by two or three sets of dancers.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.