Meaning of cotillion

co•til•lion

Pronunciation: (ku-til'yun, kō-), [key]
— 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 quadrille.
  4. music arranged or played for these dances.
  5. a formalized dance for a large number of people, in which a head couple leads the other dancers through elaborate and stately figures.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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