Definition of minuet in English:

minuet

Syllabification: min·u·et
Pronunciation: /ˌminyo͞oˈet
 
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noun

1A slow, stately ballroom dance for two in triple time, popular especially in the 18th century.
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  • Under the direction of instructor Shirley Agate-Proust from the Alberta Ballet School of Dance, a group of dancers in period costumes will recreate baroque dances including a minuet and a gavotte.
  • He also celebrates the minuet, of all dances the one that most clearly captures the blend of pastoral elegance and amorous desire that becomes synonymous with the ballet itself.
  • Louie, who dances a shaky minuet if properly guided, seemed like a shoo-in.
1.1A piece of music in triple time in the style of a minuet, typically as a movement in a suite, sonata, or symphony and frequently coupled with a trio.
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  • From Beethoven onwards the traditional place of the minuet in symphonies and chamber music began to be taken over by the scherzo.
  • Touches are varied, legato, staccato - at times both used together in separate hands, and forms include simple sonata form, minuet, rondo, and theme and variations.
  • The minuet character of the music, and the polka quotations, are displayed by the alternating, more static, poses of individual female dancers, with a pas de deux of male and female to provide a more rustic appearance.

verb (minuets, minueting, minueted)

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Dance a minuet.
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  • They marched, minueted, clambered and flipped up and down backs, and skipped with their partners folk- dance style.
  • The play's prologue, in yet another fully stretched example, is delivered in contemporary attire, before the cast minueting in period costumes.

Origin

late 17th century: from French menuet, 'fine, delicate', diminutive (used as a noun) of menu 'small'.

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