• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cotillon A brisk dance, performed by eight persons; a quadrille.
    • Cotillon A formal ball, especially one at which debutantes are first presented to society.
    • Cotillon A kind of woolen material for women's skirts.
    • Cotillon A tune which regulates the dance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cotillon a brisk dance by eight persons.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cotillon, fr. OF. cote, coat, LL. cotta, tunic. See Coat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—cotte, a coat—Low L. cotta, a tunic. See Coat.


In literature:

His specialty was cotillons.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Who are you dancing the cotillon with, Ethel?
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The Moth and the Flame" by Clyde Fitch
After supper the cotillon, or German, as it is sometimes called, is danced.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The other participants in the cotillon gained no praise from the spectators, for every eye was upon their unexpected guest.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
Georgy Lenox was there, radiant in a ravishing toilette, waiting for Frank to lead the cotillon with her.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
The details of the cotillon obtaining at that period do not concern us here.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
They danced the cotillon together.
"The Smart Set" by Clyde Fitch
Though not much of a dancer, yet I had occasionally in my life filled a place in a reel or a cotillon.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
She had finally brushed him out as a girl flecks the mirror in a cotillon.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
In one part of the Gardens they were dancing Cotillons, in another swinging.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
She wore a silk dress, and had given him a decoration in the cotillon.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
She had to be off again almost immediately, for the voice of the master of the ceremonies announced a cotillon.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
The duke had spoken for the cotillon, which he had no intention of dancing.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Angela wishes to dance a turn of the Hungarian cotillon with you.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Waltzes and Lancers were all very well, but one might have had a cotillon, something unexpected!
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
I wanted those two waltzes and the cotillon because Bella was the best dancer in Leipsic.
"Fragments of an Autobiography" by Felix Moscheles
Only yesterday I saw in the paper that he led a cotillon at the Van Rossums.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
Next evening, Rosamond was permitted to go to a juvenile cotillon-party, held once a fortnight, at the ball-room of her dancing-master.
"Stories for Helen" by Eliza Leslie
Have you forgotten you have a partner in the cotillon?
"With Edge Tools" by Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
My kindergarten alleviates my dancing and my cotillons vary the dulness of my school teaching.
"Marion Darche" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

'Air -- Cotillon'.
Turn, my fairest, turn, if ever
Strephon caught thy ravish'd eye;
Pity take on your swain so clever, Who without your aid must die.
Yes, I shall die, hu, hu, hu, hu!
Yes, I must die, ho, ho, ho, ho! ('Da capo'.)
"Epilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken For 'She Stoops To Conquer'" by Oliver Goldsmith

In news:

The Joffrey Ballet opened a three-week repertory season Wednesday night on a new note and with a revival of "Cotillon," a so-called lost ballet by George Balanchine .
How ' Cotillon ' Was Reborn.