Definition of arabesque
: of, relating to, or being in the style of arabesque or an arabesque
Origin and Etymology of arabesque
French, from Italian arabesco Arabian in fashion, from arabo Arab, from Latin Arabus
First Known Use: circa 1656
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 : 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 : 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 : an elaborate or intricate pattern
Examples of arabesque in a sentence
The students practiced their arabesques.
She held her arms in arabesque.
First Known Use of arabesque
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