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  1. A dance originating from the mid 1700s with four dancers forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
1891 The movements of the other women were more or less similar to Tess's, the whole bevy of them drawing together like dancers in a at the completion of a sheaf by each, every one placing her sheaf on end against those of the rest, till a shock, or 'stitch' as it was here called, of ten or a dozen was formed. " Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=344004731&tag=Hardy,+Thomas:+Tess+of+the+d'Urbervilles,+1891&query=quadrille&id=HarTess? Part 2.
  1. A card game from the 1700s.
1812 It now first struck her that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage, and of assisting to form a table at Rosings, in the absence of more eligible visitors. " Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=80823677&tag=Austen,+Jane:+Pride+and+Prejudice,+1796-1812&query=quadrille&id=AusPrid Chapter 17
  1. Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
Etymology: Perhaps from Spanish cuadrillo diminutive form of 'four'.


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