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arabesque

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. The students practiced their arabesques.

  2. She held her arms in arabesque.

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Origin and Etymology of arabesque

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arabesque

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

Definition of arabesque

: of, relating to, or being in the style of arabesque or an arabesque
  • arabesque frescoes

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Origin and Etymology of arabesque

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

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ARABESQUE Defined for English Language Learners

arabesque

noun

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



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