Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille1

noun

  • 1A square dance performed typically by four couples and containing five figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

    • ‘Working with the steps of formal quadrilles and folk dances, St Lucians developed different kinds of dances.’
    • ‘The traditional folk dance, the quadrille, dates back to eighteenth century European settlers.’
    • ‘Dickens, we are told, happily danced a half dozen quadrilles and thanked his hosts for their ‘affectionate’ greeting.’
    • ‘‘La Danza del Toro’ (dance of the bull) is a centuries-old quadrille, danced with swords, which re-enacts a folk stow from Mexico's colonial past.’
    • ‘Traditional French Canadian dances include the quadrille and the gigue.’
    • ‘The final of the three numbers was an eight-person quadrille with some modern variations.’
    • ‘The shifting positions on his map give the impression of a lobsters' quadrille being danced.’
    • ‘Who might indulge in a boogie-woogie quadrille at such a time is beyond me.’
    • ‘Oh, yes, I had three waltzes, the second quadrille and the mazurka, and he is ever so courteous, and kind, and gentlemanly!’
    • ‘As soon as the quadrille ended another waltz began.’
    • ‘It won't last long, this curious quadrille of quasi-courtship.’
    1. 1.1A piece of music for a quadrille.
      • ‘The earliest music of European origin included quadrilles played by regimental bands in the penal settlements.’
      • ‘One could find parts of a symphony and an overture of German or Austrian origin along with Italian opera selections, quadrilles, and virtuoso items.’
      • ‘He only grinned and led me back onto the dance floor as quadrille began.’
    2. 1.2historical Each of four groups of riders taking part in a tournament or carousel, distinguished by a special costume or colours.
    3. 1.3A riding display.
      ‘a 32-horse quadrille’

Origin

Mid 18th century from French from Spanish cuadrilla or Italian quadriglia ‘troop, company’, from cuadra, quadra ‘square’, based on Latin quadrare ‘make square’.

Pronunciation

quadrille

/kwɒˈdrɪl/

Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille2

noun

mass noun
  • A trick-taking card game for four players using a pack of forty cards (i.e. one lacking eights, nines, and tens), fashionable in the 18th century.

Origin

Early 18th century from French, perhaps from Spanish cuartillo (from cuarto ‘fourth’). The change in the first syllable was due to association with quadrille.

Pronunciation

quadrille

/kwɒˈdrɪl/

Main definitions of quadrille in English

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quadrille3

noun

mass noun
  • A ruled grid of small squares, especially on paper.

    as modifier ‘50 unheaded grey quadrille leaves’

Origin

Late 19th century from French quadrillé, from quadrille ‘small square’, from Spanish cuadrillo ‘small block’.

Pronunciation

quadrille

/kwɒˈdrɪl/