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Two couples doing a quadrille


Etymology 1Edit

French, in sense of “group of knights”, from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadra (square) (compare also cuadra (four)), from Latin quadra.[1]


quadrille (plural quadrilles)

  1. A dance originating in the mid-1700s with four couples forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles[1], part 2:
      The movements of the other women were more or less similar to Tess's, the whole bevy of them drawing together like dancers in a quadrille at the completion of a sheaf by each, every one placing her sheaf on end against those of the rest, till a shock, or 'stitch' as it was here called, of ten or a dozen was formed.
  2. The music for this dance.
  3. (card games) A Spanish trick-taking card game from the 1700s played with a 40-card deck.
    • 1812, Jane Austen, chapter 17, in Pride and Prejudice[2]:
      It now first struck her that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage, and of assisting to form a quadrille table at Rosings, in the absence of more eligible visitors.
  4. A choreographed dressage ride, commonly performed to music, with a minimum of four horses.


quadrille (third-person singular simple present quadrilles, present participle quadrilling, simple past and past participle quadrilled)

  1. (intransitive) To dance the quadrille.

Etymology 2Edit

From French quadrillé.


quadrille (plural quadrilles)

  1. Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit


  1. ^ quadrille” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.



  • IPA(key): /ka.dʁij/
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quadrille m or f (plural quadrilles)

  1. (bullfighting) cuadrilla



  1. first-person singular present indicative of quadriller
  2. third-person singular present indicative of quadriller
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of quadriller
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of quadriller
  5. second-person singular imperative of quadriller

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