a formal ball given especially for debutantes.
a lively French social dance originating in the 18th century, consisting of a variety of steps and figures and performed by couples.
any of various dances resembling the quadrille.
music arranged or played for these dances.
a formalized dance for a large number of people, in which a head couple leads the other dancers through elaborate and stately figures.
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How to use cotillion in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I feel as if I were a belle at a grand cotillion with all these lovely favors," exclaimed Jessie Lynch.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
An invitation to a private house bears "Dancing" or "cotillion" in one corner of the card.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters) | Mary Owens Crowther
The passengers were men mostly, but enough women went to form three or four cotillion sets.Old Rail Fence Corners | Various
His name was much in the papers as "best man" or cotillion leader or host at club dinners.The Precipice | Elia Wilkinson Peattie
From the German cotillion, back to the Virginia reel, is indeed a bound.The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for cotillion
a French formation dance of the 18th century
US a quadrille
US a complicated dance with frequent changes of partners
US and Canadian a formal ball, esp one at which debutantes are presented
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