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arabesque

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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 < … richly pierced by an arabesque of wormholes. — John Chase> <an arabesque of vines and leaves>

Origin and Etymology of arabesque

see 2arabesque


First Known Use: circa 1720

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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 <arabesque frescoes>

Examples of arabesque in a sentence

  1. The students practiced their arabesques.

  2. 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 1656

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ARABESQUE Defined for English Language Learners


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

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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