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minuet

[ min-yoo-et ]
/ ˌmɪn yuˈɛt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of minuet

1665–75; <French menuet, equivalent to menu small (see menu) + -et-et; so called from the shortness of the dancers' steps
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British Dictionary definitions for minuet

minuet
/ (ˌmɪnjʊˈɛt) /

noun
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 for minuet

C17: from French menuet dainty (referring to the dance steps), from menu small
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