An arabesque (ballet).

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

See also the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica's article on:


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 W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter V”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      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.




Borrowing from Italian arabesco.


arabesque f ‎(plural arabesques)

  1. arabesque


arabesque m, f ‎(plural arabesques)

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

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