Definition of minuet in English:

minuet

noun

  • 1A slow, stately ballroom dance for two in triple time, popular especially in the 18th century.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the colour and grace of the eighteenth century was seen at its best during the dancing of the minuet.’
    • ‘‘The mob may sack Versailles; the Trianon may fall, but surely the minuet-the minuet itself is dancing itself away into the furthest stars’.’
    • ‘He was also one of the leading teachers of the day, counting among his pupils Didelot, Perrot, Elssler, Bournonville, and Marie Taglioni, with whom he performed a minuet at the Paris Opera in 1835, when he was 75.’
    • ‘He indicates that the Irish dances were fine, as long as there was not enough room for the more refined movements of the polka, quadrille, or minuet.’
    • ‘Louie, who dances a shaky minuet if properly guided, seemed like a shoo-in.’
    • ‘Mr. Gregory clapped his hands as the frustrated students tried to master the steps of the waltz or minuet.’
    • ‘Ali began the minuet in time to the music, catching Andrew - who was still glaring at the Duke - by surprise.’
    • ‘In the show's finale, boys and girls from Beckfield Lane and Burton Stone Lane schools danced a minuet on the floodlit steps of the museum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her surviving hymn to the goddess, arranged by La Motte, serves as the sung text underlying the sacred ritual of the minuet.’
    • ‘This was a real ball, the music playing was suited to waltzes and minuets, and it was amusing for Angelique to see how the groups were once more separated.’
    1. 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.
      • ‘He said that white people would still be dancing to minuets on tippy toes if it weren't for black music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Op. 54 is in two movements, minuet and a kind of perpetuum mobile, often referred to as a toccata: its form and style can't be found elsewhere in Beethoven.’
      • ‘This pair of movements was sometimes followed by a moderately slow dance movement (as in the minuet in Handel's overture to Samson), or the entire first section might be repeated.’
      • ‘The muffled sound of the melodic minuet being played by the orchestra could be heard behind the French doors that had been tightly shut.’
      • ‘She essentially turns the movement into both minuet and gigue and metamorphs one to the other without any sense of break at all.’
      • ‘Excitingly articulate horn playing, lovely solo passages from section-leaders, refined tutti playing, and a musically shaped minuet all contributed to a thoroughly sparkling performance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its tempo is a little faster than a minuet, which Bach indicated by 3/8 instead of the standard minuet meter of 3 / 4.’
      • ‘While the Andantio in the Opus 45 Symphony is grave and vaguely troubling, the mood quickly dissipates with a reassuring minuet.’
      • ‘As ever, I wanted some tunes to take away, apart from bits of airs (with a minuet as a slight leitmotiv) of contemporary style.’
      • ‘From Beethoven onwards the traditional place of the minuet in symphonies and chamber music began to be taken over by the scherzo.’
      • ‘Before Althea Gibson punctured the color barrier of women's tennis 52 years ago, the sport was a genteel game played with the tempo of a minuet and the athleticism of couch potatoes.’
      • ‘After the elegant minuet, the finale's explosive power was unleashed with impressive panache and energy.’
      • ‘The second movement, ‘Smooth Sailing,’ features delicate right-hand and left-hand phrasing that is characteristic of a minuet.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Dance a minuet.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

minuet

/mɪnjʊˈɛt/