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arabesque

EnglishEdit

An arabesque (ballet).

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French arabesque, from Italian arabesco, from arabo (Arab).

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NounEdit

arabesque (plural arabesques)

  1. An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. This ornamental design is mainly used in Islamic Art and architecture.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ; … As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “ near-aissance.”
  2. (music) An ornate composition, especially for the piano.
  3. (ballet) A dance position in which the dancer stands on one leg, with the other raised backwards, and the arms outstretched.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Italian arabesco.

NounEdit

arabesque f (plural arabesques)

  1. arabesque

AdjectiveEdit

arabesque (masculine and feminine, plural arabesques)

  1. (obsolete) Arabic (relating to Arabic peoples)

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