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 … richly pierced by an arabesque of wormholes. — John Chase an arabesque of vines and leaves
Examples of arabesque in a Sentence
The students practiced their arabesques.
She held her arms in arabesque.
Origin and Etymology of arabesque
French, from Italian arabesco Arabian in fashion, from arabo Arab, from Latin Arabus
First Known Use: circa 1656See Words from the same year
ARABESQUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arabesque for English Language Learners
: 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up arabesque? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).