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- n. a ball at which young ladies are presented to society
- n. a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
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I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them; for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule, like Mrs. Hobart in her cotilion.