quadrille

1
[kwo-dril, kwuh-, kuh-]

noun

a square dance for four couples, consisting of five parts or movements, each complete in itself.
the music for such a dance.

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Nearby words

  1. quadrigeminal rhythm,
  2. quadrigeminum,
  3. quadrilateral,
  4. quadrilingual,
  5. quadriliteral,
  6. quadrillion,
  7. quadrinomial,
  8. quadriparesis,
  9. quadripartite,
  10. quadripedal extensor reflex

Origin of quadrille

1
1730–40; < French < Spanish cuadrilla company, troop, diminutive of cuadra square < Latin quadra

quadrille

2
[kwo-dril, kwuh-, kuh-]

noun

a card game played by four persons.

Origin of quadrille

2
1720–30; < French < Spanish cuartillo, diminutive of cuarto fourth < Latin quartus

quadrille

3
[kwo-dril, kwuh-, kuh-]

adjective

ruled in squares, as graph paper.

Origin of quadrille

3
1880–85; < French quadrillé, past participle of quadriller to rule in squares, derivative of quadrille lozenge < Spanish cuadrilla; see quadrille1

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British Dictionary definitions for quadrille

quadrille

1

noun

a square dance of five or more figures for four or more couples
a piece of music for such a dance, alternating between simple duple and compound duple time

Word Origin for quadrille

C18: via French from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro square, from Latin quadra

noun

an old card game for four players

Word Origin for quadrille

C18: from French, from Spanish cuartillo, from cuarto fourth, from Latin quartus, influenced by quadrille 1

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Word Origin and History for quadrille

quadrille

n.
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