Definitions for: Minuet


[n] a stately court dance in the 17th century
[n] a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite



Webster (1913) Definition: Min"u*et, n. [F., fr. menu small, L. minutus small. So
called on account of the short steps of the dance. See 4th
Minute.]
1. A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupee, a high step,
and a balance.

2. (Mus.) A tune or air to regulate the movements of the
dance so called; a movement in suites, sonatas,
symphonies, etc., having the dance form, and commonly in
3-4, sometimes 3-8, measure.

See Also: ballroom dance, ballroom dancing, ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music

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