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Meaning of ARABESQUE

Pronunciation:  `aru'besk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
  2. [n]  position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose

ARABESQUE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: ballet position, decoration, ornament, ornamentation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ar`a*besque"\, n. [F. arabesque, fr. It. arabesco,
    fr. Arabo Arab.]
    A style of ornamentation either painted, inlaid, or carved in
    low relief. It consists of a pattern in which plants, fruits,
    foliage, etc., as well as figures of men and animals, real or
    imaginary, are fantastically interlaced or put together.
    Note: It was employed in Roman imperial ornamentation, and
          appeared, without the animal figures, in Moorish and
          Arabic decorative art. (See {Moresque}.) The arabesques
          of the Renaissance were founded on Greco-Roman work.
  2. \Ar`a*besque"\, a.
    1. Arabian. [Obs.]
    2. Relating to, or exhibiting, the style of ornament called
       arabesque; as, arabesque frescoes.
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