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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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  • We're quite interested in that minuet of decision-making that happens between predators and prey.
  • His way with the flighty, delicate final minuet variation is especially beguiling.
  • And what romanticism did was to set the pentameter minuet aside and try to recover the older, more basic ballad rhythm.
  • In a guest post today, she explores the minuet in all its complexity.
  • When the system is working as it's supposed to, all this action is as precisely choreographed as a minuet.
  • So the minuet was choreographed, and any illumination ruled out, before the hearings began.
  • The artist would sound an imaginary fanfare before putting on his shirt, mimic a minuet before pulling on a sweater.
  • The unrepeatable has turned into a minuet, dancing bears revolving in the limelight to the rustle of millions of dollars.
  • In a little minuet of overlaps, the left lapel of his waistcoat overlaps the lapel of his suit coat.
  • Continue the cycle until one minuet expires or told to stop.
British Dictionary definitions for minuet


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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minuet in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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