• WordNet 3.6
    • n quadrille a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples
    • n quadrille music for dancing the quadrille
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quadrille A dance having five figures, in common time, four couples of dancers being in each set.
    • n Quadrille A game played by four persons with forty cards, being the remainder of an ordinary pack after the tens, nines, and eights are discarded.
    • a Quadrillé (Art) Marked with squares, generally by thin lines crossing at right angles and at equal intervals; as, quadrillé paper, or plotting paper.
    • Quadrille The appropriate music for a quadrille.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quadrille A game played by four persons with forty cards, which are the remainder of the pack after the tens, nines, and eights are discarded.
    • n quadrille A square dance for four couples, consisting regularly of five parts or movements, each complete in itself — namely, le pantalon, Pété, la poule, la trénise (or la pastourelle), and la finale. These parts are adaptations of popular society dances. They were combined in their present order about 1800, and were soon adopted in France, England, and Germany, giving rise to a quadrille mania similar to the later polka mania.
    • n quadrille Any single set of dancers or maskers arranged in four sets or groups.
    • n quadrille Any square dance resembling the quadrille.
    • n quadrille Music for such square dances. For the movements of the quadrille proper the rhythm is either sextuple or duple, and each section is usually 32 measures long. Quadrille music is usually adapted or arranged, not specially written for the purpose.
    • quadrille Same as quadrillé.
    • quadrille To play at quadrille.
    • quadrille To dance quadrilles.
    • quadrille Divided or marked off into squares; having a pattern composed of small squares: said of textile fabrics, writing-papers ruled with lines crossing at right angles, and the like.
    • n quadrille A small squadron; a cluster of richly caparisoned horsemen at a tournament or mounted fête. They were distinguished by different colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quadrille kwa-dril′ a square dance for four couples, consisting of five movements: music for such square dances: a game played by four with forty cards
    • v.i Quadrille to play at quadrille: to dance quadrilles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. quadrille, n. fem., fr. Sp. cuadrilla, meeting of four or more persons or It. quadriglia, a band of soldiers, a sort of dance; dim. fr. L. quadra, a square, fr. quattuor, four. See Quadrate


In literature:

She saw Mrs. Harrington forcing Mellen to walk through a quadrille, and felt certain that he was as restless as herself.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
A quadrille is but still life put into motion.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
We've got to wait till we know enough at least for two sets of a quadrille.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
That is all you require in a quadrille.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
The trees did not wait for Kaethe to reply; they formed themselves in long avenues and began a stately dance, something like a quadrille.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
Then the quadrille was continued.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
I was recalling our first meeting at Mrs. Fotheringay's quadrille party.
"Quality Street" by J. M. Barrie
Will you indulge them by playing a quadrille?
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
She had danced one set of quadrilles and one polka!
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
Again he failed to see her when parties were being formed for a quadrille.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

At local assemblies he danced
Until he felt thoroughly ill;
He waltzed, and he galoped, and lanced,
And threaded the mazy quadrille.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And the fiddles!--through the thickets,
How the wind brought from the hill
Remnants of the old quadrille!--
It was like the drone of crickets....
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
There was an Old Man of Whitehaven,
Who danced a quadrille with a raven;
But they said, 'It's absurd
To encourage this bird!'
So they smashed that Old Man of Whitehaven.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man of Whitehaven" by Edward Lear
I hoped he wouldn't lose them,
And languish in the dumps
By having to quadrille on
A pair of polished stumps--
But a corky limb, though one might dread,
Isn't half as bad as a wooden head.
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Doing the Lobster Quadrille at The Mad Hatter's Ball.
Slim and eager as a Tolstoy heroine, Marina Katina, 17, took her preordained place in the French quadrille and swept down the ballroom parquet in a flowing baby blue gown.