"At the quadrille," replied several at once, and began arranging the columns as if they had just come out of the supper-room.
I would not take the trouble to stand up in a quadrille, if I were in his place.
When the quadrille was over, she was glad to put herself in his way, by coming up to take charge of Phyllis.
Coupeau was trying to force his way through the dancers and was disrupting the quadrille.
Whilst they were making ready for the second quadrille, Tod went up to her.
They'll turn the squadron into a quadrille and the march into a dance.
For by this time the quadrille has come to an end, and a valse has struck up.
The lady who had excited it was advancing in a quadrille, some ten yards from her admirer.
Maurice, with a self-denial that was not very wise, contented himself with engaging her for the first quadrille.
quadrille parties were held weekly by the regiments and corps in garrison.
1773, "lively square dance for four couples," from French quadrille (17c.), originally one of four groups of horsemen in a tournament (a sense attested in English from 1738), from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro "four-sided battle square," from Latin quadrum "a square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). The craze for the dance hit England in 1816, and it underwent a vigorous revival late 19c. among the middle classes.
Earlier the name of a popular card game for four hands, and in this sense from French quadrille (1725), from Spanish cuartillo, from cuarto "fourth," from Latin quartus. OED notes it as fashionable from 1726 ("and was in turn superseded by whist"), the year of Swift's (or Congreve's) satirical ballad on the craze:
The commoner, and knight, the peer,
Men of all ranks and fame,
Leave to their wives the only care,
To propagate their name;
And well that duty they fulfil
When the good husband's at Quadrille &c.