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Friday, December 27, 2013

Definitions for quadrille

  1. a square dance for four couples, consisting of five parts or movements, each complete in itself.
  2. the music for such a dance.

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Citations for quadrille
…I found that every one of the other couples had retired, and that we four were left to dance the quadrille by ourselves! William Makepeace Thackeray, The Fitz-Boodle Papers, 1842
"What a delightful quadrille we are having!" she said enthusiastically as she passed him. "Delightful!" he acquiesced, with a sudden leap at his heart, and forthwith he resolved to engage her for the next dance as soon as ever he should be at liberty. Ross Neil, The Heir Expectant, 1870
Origin of quadrille
1730-1740
Quadrille entered English in the 1700s from the Latin quadra meaning "square."