Quadrille meaning

kwŏ-drĭl, kwə-, kə-
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A square dance in 6/8 or 2/4 time of French origin, composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
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The music for this dance.
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A card game popular during the 1700s, played by four people with a deck of 40 cards.
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A dance of French origin, similar to the cotillion but performed by sets of four couples.
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A kind of square dance evolved from this, in which four couples arranged in a square perform at least five figures.
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Music for either of these dances.
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A card game, popular in the 18th cent., played by four persons.
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Marked with intersecting lines to form squares or rectangles.
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A dance originating in the mid-1700s with four dancers forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
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The music for this dance.
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(card games) A Spanish trick-taking card game from the 1700s.
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A choreographed dressage ride, commonly performed to music, with a minimum of four horses.
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(intransitive) To dance the quadrille.
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Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
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Origin of quadrille

  • French from quadrille team, crew, one of four groups of horsemen from Spanish cuadrilla probably diminutive of cuadro square from Latin quadrum kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French perhaps from Spanish cuartillo diminutive of cuarto fourth from Latin quārtus kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French, in sense of “group of knights", from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadra (“square") (compare also cuadra (“four")), from Latin quadra.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French quadrillé.

    From Wiktionary