2. a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Minuet \Min"u*et\, n. [F., fr. menu small, L. minutus small. So
called on account of the short steps of the dance. See 4th
1. A slow graceful dance consisting of a coupee, a high step,
and a balance.
2. (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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):