(2 syl., French) means a small square; a dance in which the persons place themselves in a square. Introduced into England in 1813 by the Duke of Devonshire. (Latin, quadrum, a square.)
Trenise. The name of a dancing-master who, in 1800, invented the figure. La pastourelle. So named from its melody and accompaniment, which are similar to the vilanelles or peasants' dances.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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