Origin of cotillion
Examples from the Web for cotillion
Mitt, dear chap, one is delighted to escort Muffy to the cotillion.Paul Begala: Huntsman Wins South Carolina Debate by Dropping Out|Paul Begala|January 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lastly, a cotillion was danced: the ladies were then escorted home, and each retired to his own quarters.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
She is to lead the cotillion with him, so there's no doubt about the betrothal.Messengers of Evil|Pierre Souvestre
Brewster, who had invented a new figure for the cotillion, and with him Harrison Felton, the mastro of that decadent dance.Eden|Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for cotillion
Word Origin for cotillion
Word Origin and History for cotillion
type of dance, 1766, from French cotillion (15c.), originally "petticoat," a double diminutive of Old French cote "skirt" (see coat (n.)); its application to a kind of dance arose in France and is considered obscure by some linguists, but there are lively turns in the dance that flash the petticoats.
Meaning "formal ball" is 1898, American English, short for cotillion ball. French uses -on (from Latin -onem) to reinforce Latin nouns felt to need more emphatic power (e.g. poisson from Latin piscis). It also uses -on to form diminutives, often strengthened by the insertion of -ill-, as in the case of this word.