Definition of "cotillion" [cotillion]

  • A formal ball, especially one at which young women are presented to society. (noun)
  • A lively dance, originating in France in the 18th century, having varied, intricate patterns and steps. (noun)
  • A quadrille. (noun)
  • Music for these dances. (noun)

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Use "cotillion" in a sentence
  • "The cotillion was the ruling dance; the plain waltz and hop waltz came in for their share of favor."
  • "Eh? Anyway, a cotillion is a leap-year dance; on such an occasion you are our natural prey!"
  • ""The cotillion is a wonderful experience that young women throughout the years have cherished," Dean said."