noun min·u·et \ˌmin-yə-ˈwet\

: a slow, graceful dance that was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries

: the music for a minuet

Full Definition of MINUET

:  a slow graceful dance in 34 time characterized by forward balancing, bowing, and toe pointing
:  music for or in the rhythm of a minuet

Examples of MINUET

  1. The orchestra played a minuet.

Origin of MINUET

French menuet, from obsolete French, tiny, from Old French, from menu small, from Latin minutus
First Known Use: 1672

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
MINUET Defined for Kids


noun min·u·et \ˌmin-yə-ˈwet\

Definition of MINUET for Kids

:  a slow graceful dance


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