ETYM French, from menu small, Latin minutus small. So called on account of the short steps of the dance. Related to Minute.
1. A stately court dance in the 17th century.
2. A stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite.
Slow and stately Baroque dance in 3/4 time.
French country dance in three time adapted as a European courtly dance of the 17th century. The music was later used as the third movement of a classical four-movement symphony where its gentle rhythm provides a foil to the slow second movement and fast final movement.