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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He was doing a little minuet and he starts finding out things about his body.
▪ In the minuet the viola leads both violins.
▪ Is he merely to proffer his hand and lead her into a stately minuet?
▪ The point at which a minuet is no longer a minuet, but becomes a waltz or scherzo, is ultimately indefinable.
▪ The same is true for the 3/4 minuets of Haydn and Mozart.
▪ Throughout history, otherwise unmarked minuets have been written in a number of time signatures, including 3/4, 6/8 and 3/8.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Minuet \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.


n. 1 A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupé, a high step, and a balance. 2 (context music English) A tune or air to regulate the movements of the minuet dance: it has the dance form, and is commonly in 3/4, sometimes 3/8, measure. 3 (context music English) A complete short musical composition inspired by and conforming to many formal characteristics of the traditional musical accompaniment to the dance of same name. 4 (context music English) A movement which is part of a longer musical composition such as a suite, sonata, or symphony which is inspired by and conforming to formal characteristics of the dance of same name. vb. To dance a '''minuet'''.

  1. n. a stately court dance in the 17th century

  2. a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite


A minuet (; also spelled menuet), is a social dance of French origin for two people, usually in time. The word was adapted from Italian minuetto and French menuet, possibly from the French menu meaning slender, small, referring to the very small steps, or from the early 17th-century popular group dances called branle à mener or amener.

The term also describes the musical style that accompanies the dance, which subsequently developed more fully, often with a longer musical form called the minuet and trio, and was much used as a movement in the early classical symphony.

Minuet (disambiguation)

Minuet or Menuet may refer to:

  • MenuetOS, an operating system with a monolithic preemptive, real-time kernel
  • Minnesota Internet Users Essential Tool, an integrated Internet package for DOS Operating Systems on IBM-compatible PCs
  • Minuet a social dance of French origin for two people
    • Minuet step, the dance step performed in the dance minuet
  • Minuet, a 1955 novel by Louis Paul Boon
  • Minuet, a fictional holographic character introduced in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode " 11001001"
  • "Minuet", a song from Idina Menzel's debut album Still I Can't Be Still
  • Minuet (horse) (1812–1833), a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare
Minuet (film)

Menuet is a 1982 Belgian-Dutch drama film directed by Lili Rademakers. The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 55th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Minuet (horse)

Minuet (1812–1833) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare who won the classic Oaks Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 1815. In a racing career which lasted from July 1814 until October 1817 she competed twenty-one times, winning nine races and being placed on a further ten occasions. On her only race in 1814, she won the July Stakes, one of the year's most important races for two-year-olds. In the following year she finished second in the 1000 Guineas on her debut and then won her next three races including the Oaks. Minuet stayed in training for two further seasons, winning five more races including a victory over a strong field in the all-aged Trial Stakes in September 1816. After her retirement from racing she had some success as a broodmare, breeding several winners.

Usage examples of "minuet".

The formal music for the branle and galliard, the charconne and allemande and pavane and the Spanish minuet blew pattering like tinfoil through the peach trees, suffocated by the drawling French of English thoraxes and the polite, beautiful French of the most highly cultured courtiers in the world.

The high mountains still wore their invisibility masks, but the lower mountains, not too proud to show themselves to motoring mortals, grouped as graciously together as if they were lovely ladies and gay knights, turned to stone just when they had assembled to tread a minuet.

They were performing a sort of minuet, graceful beyond words, to an accompaniment from the theremins in the manner of Mozart.

Little Miss Unwin is learning the gavotte, the cachuca and the minuet but, despite the romantic purpose of such dances, seems wholly ignorant of the male sex.

Byles Gridley looked on gravely, thinking of the minuets and the gavots of his younger days.

He stood chuckling and rubbing his hands, and scarcely hearing a word the parson said, notwithstanding that the latter was discoursing most authentically on the ancient and stately dance at the Paon, or Peacock, from which he conceived the minuet to be derived.

I see that you were amused at the Carnival and that you were four times at the masked ball, where there were two hundred women, and that you danced minuets and quadrilles to the great astonishment of the ambassador Foscarini who told everyone that you were sixty years old, although in reality you have not yet reached your sixtieth year.

In his cantatas he shows himself at once captivating and caressing, and in his minuets he is delightful and full of humour.

By degrees I told her of the events of her childhood, and how she enchanted all Venice by the grace with which she danced the minuet.

Like dancers in a minuet the two moved forward, groping slowly for the treacherous footholds, and the children shrank back against the cliff.

I left her alone for a moment after supper, and went to the box, where I expected to find Madame Pichona, but it was occupied by maskers, who were unknown to me, so I rejoined my partner, and we went on dancing the minuets and quadrilles till the fandango was announced.

The minuets came to an end, and Dupre announced the quadrilles, and I was glad to see the Chevalier Ville-Follet dancing with the Corticelli.

When the minuets stopped the square dances began, and refreshments were liberally handed round.

The minuets over, the square dances began, and I thought I was dreaming when I saw Armelline and the Florentine taking their places.

In the spring of 1883 he began to compose music, and in 1885 we published together an album of minuets, gavottes, and fugues.