"At the quadrille," replied several at once, and began arranging the columns as if they had just come out of the supper-room.
quadrille parties were held weekly by the regiments and corps in garrison.
When the quadrille was over, she was glad to put herself in his way, by coming up to take charge of Phyllis.
I engage Madeleine for the first quadrille, and Bertha for the first waltz.
Whilst they were making ready for the second quadrille, Tod went up to her.
You can walk through a quadrille, so you need not begin with excuses.
For by this time the quadrille has come to an end, and a valse has struck up.
This is my friend Bob Hely, performing the Cavalier seul in a quadrille.
Maurice, with a self-denial that was not very wise, contented himself with engaging her for the first quadrille.
He led her to the head of the quadrille that was just forming.
1773, "lively square dance for four couples," from French quadrille (17c.), originally one of four groups of horsemen in a tournament (a sense attested in English from 1738), from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro "four-sided battle square," from Latin quadrum "a square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). The craze for the dance hit England in 1816, and it underwent a vigorous revival late 19c. among the middle classes.
Earlier the name of a popular card game for four hands, and in this sense from French quadrille (1725), from Spanish cuartillo, from cuarto "fourth," from Latin quartus. OED notes it as fashionable from 1726 ("and was in turn superseded by whist"), the year of Swift's (or Congreve's) satirical ballad on the craze:
The commoner, and knight, the peer,
Men of all ranks and fame,
Leave to their wives the only care,
To propagate their name;
And well that duty they fulfil
When the good husband's at Quadrille &c.