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  • cotillion — (n.) type of dance, 1766, from Fr. cotillion (15c.), originally petticoat, a double dim. of O.Fr. cote skirt (see COAT (Cf. coat)); its application to a kind of dance arose in France and is considered obscure by some linguists, but there are… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cotillion — [kō til′yən] n. [Fr cotillon, orig., petticoat < OFr cote: see COAT] 1. a) a brisk, lively dance characterized by many intricate figures and the continual changing of partners b) music for such a dance 2. a formal ball, esp. one at which… …   English World dictionary

  • Cotillion — For other uses, see Cotillion (disambiguation). Cotillion figures demonstrated in the Festsaal, Hofburg, Vienna, in 2008 The cotillion is a type of patterned social dance that originated in France in the 18th century and was originally made up of …   Wikipedia

  • cotillion — /keuh til yeuhn, koh /, n. 1. a formal ball given esp. for debutantes. 2. a lively French social dance originating in the 18th century, consisting of a variety of steps and figures and performed by couples. 3. any of various dances resembling the …   Universalium

  • Cotillion — Cotillon Co til lon (k[ o] t[ e] y[^o]N or k[ o] t[ e]l ; 277), Cotillion Co*til lion (k[ o]*t[i^]l y[u^]n), n. [F. cotillon, fr. OF. cote coat, LL. cotta tunic. See {Coat}.] 1. A brisk dance, performed by eight persons; a quadrille. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cotillion — noun a) A bold dance performed in groups of eight where ladies lift their skirts to display their ankles b) The music regulating the cotillion …   Wiktionary

  • cotillion — also cotillon noun Etymology: French cotillon, literally, petticoat, from Old French, from cote coat Date: 1728 1. a ballroom dance for couples that resembles the quadrille 2. an elaborate dance with frequent changing of partners carried out… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cotillion — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. german; ball, square dance. See amusement. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. ball, dance …   English dictionary for students

  • cotillion — co|til|lion [ kə tıliən ] noun count an old word meaning a formal dance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cotillion — elaborate ballroom dance with frequent changes of partner Dance Styles …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • cotillion — n. type of formal dance …   English contemporary dictionary