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[min-yoo-et] /ˌmɪn yuˈɛt/
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.
Origin of minuet
1665-75; < French menuet, equivalent to menu small (see menu) + -et -et; so called from the shortness of the dancers' steps Unabridged
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a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries in triple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, sometimes as a movement in a suite, sonata, or symphony See also scherzo
Word Origin
C17: from French menuet dainty (referring to the dance steps), from menu small
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Word Origin and History for minuet

"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.

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