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.
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