An old dance of the Classical era in a slow, triple time. It originated in France, and was a most popular dance among European aristocracy until the end of the 18th century.a triple metre French dance popular from the second half of the 17th until at least the end of the 18th century. It appears as an occasional element of the baroque instrumental suite and later as a movement in the pre-classical and classical symphony and allied forms, gradually replaced by the scherzo. The minuet usually has a complementary trio, a contrasting section in similar metre<br><br>A slow, stately seventeenth-century French dance for groups or couples.