- a slow, stately dance for groups of couples, introduced in France in the 17th cent.
- the music for this, in 3/4 time: often a movement of certain musical compositions
Origin of minuetFrench menuet, origin, originally , minute, tiny from Old French from menu (see menu): from the small steps taken
- A slow, stately pattern dance in 3/4 time for groups of couples, originating in 17th-century France.
- The music for this dance.
- A movement in 3/4 time that is usually the third, but sometimes the second, of a four-movement symphony or string quartet.
Origin of minuetFrench menuet from Old French small, dainty (from the small steps characteristic of the dance) diminutive of menu small from Latin minūtus ; see minute 2.
- A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupÃ©, a high step, and a balance.
- (music) 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.
- (music) A complete short musical composition inspired by and conforming to many formal characteristics of the traditional musical accompaniment to the dance of same name.
- (music) 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.