Definition of quadrille noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kwəˈdrɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//kwəˈdrɪl//
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a dance for four or more couples in a square, popular in the past Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French from Spanish cuadrilla or Italian quadriglia ‘troop, company’, from cuadra, quadra ‘square’, based on Latin quadrare ‘make square’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quadrille