minuet minuet  /ˌmɪn jə ˈwɛt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a stately court dance in the 17th century
  2. (n) a stately piece of music composed for dancing the minuet; often incorporated into a sonata or suite

Usage(s):

  1. War's thunder trailed off into a tinkling minuet.
  2. In that minuet of malice called California politics, another Democrat has insinuated himself onto the stage to challenge Governor Pat Brown's third-term chances.
  3. The left and the right love to do that kind of minuet.

News

  • Study: Mozart helps you focus

    New research shows people work better and faster when listening to the soothing sounds of his minuets        
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Salon.com

Quotes

  1. "It has been my experience that the hearings are really, in effect, a subtle minuet, with the nominee answering as many questions as he thinks necessary in order to be confirmed," Specter said.
    on Jan 9, 2006 By: Arlen Specter Source: Seattle Times

  2. "I really hope that this doesn't turn out to be a minuet. I hope it turns out to be conversation," Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., told Alito. "I believe we owe it to the American people in this one democratic moment to have a conversation about...
    on Jan 10, 2006 By: Joe Biden Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. ...held a few weeks after the conclusion of the American Revolution: "The minuet was much in vogue at that period," writes Custis, "and was peculiarly calculated for the display of the splendid figure of the chief, and his natural...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: George Washington Parke Custis Source: Wall Street Journal

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