a slow, stately dance in triple meter, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.
a piece of music for such a dance or in its rhythm.

1665–75; < French menuet, equivalent to menu small (see menu) + -et -et; so called from the shortness of the dancers' steps

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minuet (ˌmɪnjʊˈɛt)
1.  a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries in triple time
2.  See also scherzo a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, sometimes as a movement in a suite, sonata, or symphony
[C17: from French menuet dainty (referring to the dance steps), from menu small]

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"slow dance in triple measure," 1673, from Fr. menuet, from O.Fr. menuet (adj.) "small, delicate," from menu "small," from L. minutus "small, minute." So called from the short steps taken in the dance.
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