quadrille

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English[edit]

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Two couples doing a quadrille

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Etymology 1[edit]

French, in sense of “group of knights”, from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadra (square) (compare also cuadra (four)), from Latin quadra.[1]

Noun[edit]

quadrille (plural quadrilles)

  1. A dance originating in the mid-1700s with four dancers forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles[1], part 2:
      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.
  2. The music for this dance.
  3. (card games) A Spanish trick-taking card game from the 1700s.
    • 1812, Jane Austen, chapter 17, Pride and Prejudice[2]:
      It now first struck her that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage, and of assisting to form a quadrille table at Rosings, in the absence of more eligible visitors.
  4. A choreographed dressage ride, commonly performed to music, with a minimum of four horses.
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Verb[edit]

quadrille (third-person singular simple present quadrilles, present participle quadrilling, simple past and past participle quadrilled)

  1. (intransitive) To dance the quadrille.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French quadrillé.

Noun[edit]

quadrille (plural quadrilles)

  1. Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ quadrille” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quadrille m, f (plural quadrilles)

  1. (bullfighting) cuadrilla

Verb[edit]

quadrille

  1. first-person singular present indicative of quadriller
  2. third-person singular present indicative of quadriller
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of quadriller
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of quadriller
  5. second-person singular imperative of quadriller

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