- a dance of French origin, similar to the cotillion but performed by sets of four couples
- a kind of square dance evolved from this, in which four couples arranged in a square perform at least five figures
- music for either of these dances
Origin of quadrilleFr, origin, originally , one of four groups of horsemen participating in certain exercises from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive from cuadro, four-sided battle square from Classical Latin quadra, a square: see quadric
Origin of quadrilleFr, altered by associated, association with quadrille from Spanish cuartillo, diminutive from cuarto, fourth from Classical Latin quartus: see quart
Origin of quadrilleFrench quadrillé from quadrille, a square from Spanish cuadrillo, a small square: see quadrille
- A square dance in 6/8 or 2/4 time of French origin, composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
- The music for this dance.
Origin of quadrilleFrench from quadrille team, crew, one of four groups of horsemen from Spanish cuadrilla probably diminutive of cuadro square from Latin quadrum ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of quadrilleFrench perhaps from Spanish cuartillo diminutive of cuarto fourth from Latin quārtus ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present quadrilles, present participle quadrilling, simple past and past participle quadrilled)
- (intransitive) To dance the quadrille.
- Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
From French quadrillÃ©.