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arabesque

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adjective ar·a·besque \ˌa-rə-ˈbesk, ˌer-ə\

Definition of arabesque

  1. :  of, relating to, or being in the style of arabesque or an arabesque



Origin of arabesque

French, from Italian arabesco Arabian in fashion, from arabo Arab, from Latin Arabus


First Known Use: circa 1656

Other Dance Terms


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arabesque

noun ar·a·besque

Simple Definition of arabesque

  • : a complicated decorative design made with many lines that curve and cross each other

  • : a ballet position in which the dancer stands on one foot and holds one arm forward while the other arm and leg are held out behind

Full Definition of arabesque

  1. 1 :  an ornament or style that employs flower, foliage, or fruit and sometimes animal and figural outlines to produce an intricate pattern of interlaced lines

  2. 2 :  a posture (as in ballet) in which the body is bent forward from the hip on one leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm and leg backward

  3. 3 :  an elaborate or intricate pattern

Examples of arabesque

  1. The students practiced their arabesques.

  2. She held her arms in arabesque.



Illustration of arabesque

Circa 1720

First Known Use of arabesque

circa 1720

Other Fine Arts Terms



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