from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slow, stately pattern dance in 3/4 time for groups of couples, originating in 17th-century France.
- n. The music for or in the rhythm of the minuet.
- n. A movement in 3/4 time that is usually the third, but sometimes the second, of a four-movement symphony or string quartet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupé, a high step, and a balance.
- n. 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.
- n. A complete short musical composition inspired by and conforming to many formal characteristics of the traditional musical accompaniment to the dance of same name.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupee, a high step, and a balance.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slow and graceful dance, invented, probably in Poitou, France, about the middle of the seventeenth century. Throughout the eighteenth century it was “he most popular of the more stately and ceremonious dances.
- n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and slow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite
- n. a stately court dance in the 17th century
Maddie what he called a minuet step, and Jonathan and the old woman sitting on the sofa as grave as owls.
The last thing I recollect was Starlight showing Maddie what he called a minuet step, and
That very dance which we call a minuet, has been proved by an ingenious
The minuet, which is marked allegretto, has the spirit and sound of a scherzo and ought to be played like one.
The minuet is a courtly European dance that was popular in the 17th & 18th century - about the era of Marie Antoinette.
There is -- what Senator Specter called a minuet that goes on in general.
It was something called a minuet, by someone called Bach.
She had now to complete the entire minuet, that is to say, the melody only.
This is followed by an intermezzo, like a quick minuet, which is very successful; and this in turn by a rhapsody, which bears a motto from
Because it is a theatrical minuet, which is in slow time.