arabesque

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English[edit]

An arabesque (ballet).

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

Wikipedia-logo.png Arabesque on Wikipedia.Wikipedia arabesque (plural arabesques)

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See also the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica's article on:
  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.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian arabesco

Noun[edit]

arabesque f (plural arabesques)

  1. arabesque

Adjective[edit]

arabesque (masculine and feminine, plural arabesques)

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