- a slow, stately dance in triple meter, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- a piece of music for such a dance or in its rhythm.
Origin of minuet
Examples from the Web for minuet
The first was the private, then public, minuet of reassurances to the two visitors.Obama's New Buddies
Leslie H. Gelb
May 8, 2009
I must then forgive his ignorance of the minuet and quadrilles.
After the minuet I danced twelve forlanas with the greatest vigour.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It's just a minuet—reconnoissance of Frémont and Dick Taylor!
One, who recognized Judith, swept his aside with a gesture appropriate to a minuet.
I had never seen the minuet danced with more grace and spirit.The Rose of Old St. Louis
- a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries in triple time
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, sometimes as a movement in a suite, sonata, or symphonySee also scherzo
Word Origin and History for minuet
"slow dance in triple measure," 1670s, from French menuet, from Old French menuet (adj.) "small, fine, delicate, narrow," from menu "small," from Latin minutus "small, minute" (see minute (adj.)). So called from the short steps taken in the dance. Spelling influenced in English by Italian minuetto.