cotillon

[kuh-til-yuhn, koh-; French kaw-tee-yawn]
noun, plural cotillons [kuh-til-yuhnz, koh-; French kaw-tee-yawn] .
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cotillion or cotillon (kəˈtɪljən, kəʊ-, kəˈtɪljən, kəʊ-)
 
n
1.  a French formation dance of the 18th century
2.  (US) a quadrille
3.  (US) a complicated dance with frequent changes of partners
4.  (US), (Canadian) a formal ball, esp one at which debutantes are presented
 
[C18: from French cotillon dance, from Old French: petticoat, from cotecoat]
 
cotillon or cotillon
 
n
 
[C18: from French cotillon dance, from Old French: petticoat, from cotecoat]

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Whoever said that first was probably thinking of nothing more momentous than a cotillon or an argument.
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