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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minuet a stately court dance in the 17th century
    • n minuet a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minuet A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupee, a high step, and a balance.
    • Minuet (Mus) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minuet 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 minuet Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and slow. Minuets are frequently found in the old suite, and also in the later sonata and symphony. They properly consist of two contrasted sections of sixteen measures each, the second of which is generally called a trio, because originally written for hut three instruments; but this regular form is often considerably modifled. Beethoven was the first to replace the minuet in the sonata and the symphony by the scherzo, which resembled the minuet somewhat in rhythm, hut was more sprightly and unrestricted in form and spirit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minuet min′ū-et a slow, graceful dance in triple measure, invented in Poitou about the middle of the 17th century: the music for such a dance.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. menu, small, L. minutus, small. So called on account of the short steps of the dance. See 4th Minute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. menuetmenu, small—L. minutus, small.


In literature:

On this occasion the minuet was danced by the younger guests dressed in Louis XIV.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
I'd like to dance a minuet with you.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
The racks were on, and the knives and forks had begun their time-honoured minuet within their funny little fences.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
By the way, will you be my partner in the minuet?
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
There were several children, and they danced the minuet, to the great admiration of the grown people.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Why did the minuet become a jig?
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Oddly enough they were talking of the minuet, and Kenneth rose to illustrate a step and bow that he had seen used in England.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Prelude, Minuet and Fugue, for Strings.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
I must then forgive his ignorance of the minuet and quadrilles.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
After the minuet came the reel and quickstep, danced with grace and due decorum.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Harry exerted himself here with much better success than he had lately done in the minuet.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
The work contains the four customary movements, all of them (save the three-part Minuet and Trio) in complete Sonata-form.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
I could not prescribe the grace with which he took off and put back his hat at the bow preceding the minuet.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Later in the evening, Mrs. Mack danced the minuet for us, holding up her skirt and singing in a delicate old-lady voice.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
At Versailles love strolled on red heels through a minuet.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Lady Betty was soon surrounded by her admirers, and showing off her dainty figure in the minuet and Saraband.
"Her Season in Bath" by Emma Marshall
After the Polonaise, and a few stately minuets, (copied from the court of Elizabeth,) the company were ushered into the theatre.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
Something in its rhythm, too, displeased me; it was mannered; it minuetted; it echoed Pater at his worst.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
We were going to see the Belle's Stratagem, with the masquerade, and the song, and the minuet, and the new French dancers.
"Stories for Helen" by Eliza Leslie
Suddenly he concluded his minuet of horror.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane

In poetry:

But why recur to ancient story,
Or balls of modern date?
Be mine to trace the minuet's fate,
And weep its fallen glory:
"Elegy On The Abrogation Of The Birth-Night Ball, And The Consequent Final Subversion Of The Minuet" by Joanna Baillie
My poppies dance a minuet;
Like courtiers in silk they set
My garden all aglow . . . .
Yet O the vagrants at my gate!
The gipsy trulls who peer and wait! . . .
Calling the heart they know.
"Gipsy" by Robert W Service
My lady has shoved her rings over her toes.
'Tis an ancient trick every night-rider knows.
But I shall relieve her of them yet,
When I see she limps in the minuet
I must beg to celebrate this night,
And the green moonlight.
"The Exeter Road" by Amy Lowell

In news:

The new Democratic majority begins dancing the next phase of the tax-and-spend minuet in the House of Representatives today.
This Learning to Listen tackles the ' minuet .
Alyssa Howe, 5, of Forks Township is taught a minuet by Dean Malissa the official historical portrayer of George Washington for Mount Vernon.
The conventions of a dictionary are as formal as those of a sestina, a minuet, or the architectural orders.
3004 Minuet Avenue Salt Lake City, Utah 84119 801-968-0789 [email protected]
Alyssa Howe, 5, of Forks Township is taught a minuet by Dean Malissa the official historical portrayer of George Washington for Mount Vernon .
3004 Minuet Avenue Salt Lake City, Utah 84119 801-968-0789 [email protected]