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cotillions (ballroom dancing)

cotillions is a plural form of cotillion

cotillion (ballroom dancing)

Definition:

a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

cotillions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

type of dance, from French cotillion (15th century), originally "petticoat", a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of cotillions...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Cotillion

a type of patterned social dance that originated in France in the 18th century. It was originally made up of four couples in a square formation, the forerunner of the quadrille; in the United States the square dance, where the "figures" are called... (43 of 445 words, 1 image)

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Cotillion (disambiguation)

a 18-19th century French dance. Cotillion may also refer to: Cotillion ball, a formal presentation of young ladies, debutantes, to polite society | Cotillion Ballroom, a music venue in Wichita, Kansas | Cotillion (Malazan), a character in the Malazan... (37 of 129 words, 7 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

cotillion | cotillions [plural] | cotillons [plural] | cotillon [sense-specific]

A bold dance performed in groups of eight where ladies lift their skirts to display their ankles | The music regulating the cotillion. | A coming-of-age party meant to present girls newly transitioned into womanhood to the community for courtship | A... (39 of 250 words, 4 definitions, 1 image)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

cotillion [dance] | cotillon [originally]

late 18th-century and 19th-century French court dance, popular also in England. A precursor of the quadrille, the cotillion was danced by four couples ... (23 of 84 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/139722​/cotillion

Collins Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillon

a French formation dance of the 18th century | [US] a quadrille | [US] a complicated dance with frequent changes of partners | [United States, ... (22 of 304 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cotillion

Merriam-Webster:

cotillion | cotillon | ball [synonym, sense-specific] | dance [synonym, sense-specific] | formal [synonym, sense-specific] | hop [synonym, sense-specific] | prom [synonym, sense-specific] | blowout [similar, sense-specific] | celebration [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a ballroom dance for couples that resembles the quadrille | an elaborate dance with frequent changing of partners carried out under the leadership of ... (23 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cotillion

Random House Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillon | cotillons [plural]

a formal ball given especially for debutantes. | a lively French social dance originating in the 18th century, consisting of a variety of steps and ... (24 of 77 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/cotillion

Oxford Dictionary:

cotillion

an elaborate 18th-century French dance based on the contredanse. | [United States] : a quadrille. | [United States] : a formal ball, especially one at ... (23 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cotillion

American Heritage Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillon [sense-specific]

A formal ball, especially one at which young women are presented to society. | A lively dance, originating in France in the 18th century, having ... (24 of 55 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cotillion

New World Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillon [sense-specific]

a brisk, lively dance characterized by many intricate figures and the continual changing of partners ; music for such a dance | a formal ball, ... (24 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cotillion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ballroom dancing [uncountable]

a type of dancing done by a man and woman together, using a fixed series of steps and movements. Ballroom dances include the waltz, the quickstep, and ... (27 of 55 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ballroom-dancing

Cambridge Dictionary:

ballroom dancing

a type of dancing where a man and a woman dance together using steps and movements to special music, such as the waltz or tango (25 of 30 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ballroom-dancing

Encarta Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillions [plural]

a formal evening ball or semiformal afternoon dance | a complex French dance popular in the 18th century | a dance similar to a quadrille | the music ... (25 of 66 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600639​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

cotillion

First use: 1766

Origin: type of dance, from French cotillion (15th century), originally "petticoat", a double diminutive of Old French cote "skirt"; its ... (20 of 102 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=cotillion

Wiktionary:

cotillion | cotillions [plural]

Origin: Circa 1750, in the sense of the dance, from French cotillon, originally "petticoat", extended to the dance because of the distinctive lift of dress revealing the petticoat, from cotte + -illon ("(diminutive)"). Said to derive... (35 of 48 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/cotillion

Oxford Dictionary:

cotillion

First use: early 18th century

Origin: French cotillon, literally "petticoat dance", diminutive of cotte, from Old French cote

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/cotillion

Collins Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillon

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French cotillon dance, from Old French: petticoat, from cotecoat

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cotillion

American Heritage Dictionary:

cotillion

Origin: French cotillon, from Old French, petticoat, diminutive of cote, coat; see "coat".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cotillion

Merriam-Webster:

cotillion | cotillon

First use: 1728

Origin: French cotillon, literally, petticoat, from Old French, from cote coat

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/cotillion

New World Dictionary:

cotillion

Origin: French cotillon, originally, petticoat from Old French cote: see "coat"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/cotillion

Encarta Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillions [plural]

First use: Early 18th century

Origin: French cotillon, literally "petticoat" from Old French cote

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600639​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

cotillion

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cotilion

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cotillon

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Google Dictionary:

cotillion | cotillions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "cotillion"

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YourDictionary Audio:

cotillion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "cotillion" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

cotillon | cotillion

Audio: British English pronunciation of "cotillon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/cotillon

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

cotillon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "cotillon"

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