from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A square dance of French origin composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
- n. Music for this dance in 6/8 and 2/4 time.
- n. A card game popular during the 18th century, played by four people with a deck of 40 cards.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dance originating from the mid 1700s with four dancers forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
- n. A card game from the 1700s.
- n. Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Marked with squares, generally by thin lines crossing at right angles and at equal intervals.
- n. A dance having five figures, in common time, four couples of dancers being in each set.
- n. The appropriate music for a quadrille.
- n. A game played by four persons with forty cards, being the remainder of an ordinary pack after the tens, nines, and eights are discarded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- n. Any single set of dancers or maskers arranged in four sets or groups.
- n. Any square dance resembling the quadrille.
- n. Music for such square dances.
- Same as quadrillé.
- To play at quadrille.
- To dance quadrilles.
- 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. A small squadron; a cluster of richly caparisoned horsemen at a tournament or mounted fête. They were distinguished by different colors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples
- n. music for dancing the quadrille
French, from quadrille, team, crew, one of four groups of horsemen, from Spanish cuadrilla, probably diminutive of cuadro, square, from Latin quadrum; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
French, perhaps from Spanish cuartillo, diminutive of cuarto, fourth, from Latin quārtus; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, in sense of “group of knights”, from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadra ("square") (compare also cuadra ("four")), from Latin quadra. (Wiktionary)
French quadrillé. (Wiktionary)