from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A brisk dance, performed by eight persons; a quadrille.
  • noun A tune which regulates the dance.
  • noun A kind of woolen material for women's skirts.
  • noun A formal ball, especially one at which debutantes are first presented to society.

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  • noun Alternative form of cotillion.


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  • It is true she never performed above one or two at most; but what she did, she piqued herself upon executing with a degree of spirit, which made all the operators in cotillon steps, and allemands, 'hide their diminished' heels.

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  • The cotillon was a great favourite, and generally closed the evening.

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  • I saw next that these two were going through the last long-dance of the ball, the cotillon, which is generally varied by an endless number of figures, and the thought darted through my mind, that probably young

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  • The Major, who heard her, and who knew it was not to himself, strenuously declared this could only be for country dances, and therefore would not interfere with a cotillon.


  • Camilla, colouring, related the history of the cotillon; and said, she feared, not knowing how she had been circumstanced, he was displeased.


  • The cotillon was now played, and the preceding bow from the opposite


  • But when Mrs. Berlinton mentioned, that she had been taking some lessons in a cotillon, a universal cry was raised by all her party, to try one immediately.


  • No one called for a country dance; and the few who had wished for it, concluding all chance over when a cotillon was begun, had now retired, or given it up.


  • To Camilla what belonged to pleasantry in this business was of short duration, When the cotillon was over, she saw nothing of Edgar.


  • Camilla was now intent to clear the history of the cotillon; when Mrs. Berlinton approaching, and, with graceful fondness, taking her hand, entreated to be indulged with her society: and, since she meant not to dance, for Edgar had not asked her, and the Major she had refused, she could not resist her invitation.



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