- A square dance of French origin, performed by four couples in a square formation.
- A lively social dance, performed by four couples in a square formation, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- A dance in four parts, each with a different rhythm and melody.
Late 18th century: from french, from spanish cuadrilla "little square", from cuadro "square", from latin quadrum "square".
- The quadrille was a popular dance at balls in the 19th century.
- The dancers performed the quadrille with grace and precision.
- The quadrille was a precursor to modern square dancing.
- The quadrille was accompanied by live music from a string quartet.
- The quadrille was a complex dance that required a great deal of practice and skill.