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Friday, December 27, 2013


\kwo-DRIL, kwuh-, kuh-\ , noun;
a square dance for four couples, consisting of five parts or movements, each complete in itself.
the music for such a dance.
…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
Quadrille entered English in the 1700s from the Latin quadra meaning "square."
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