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arabesque (plural arabesques)
- An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. This ornamental design is mainly used in Islamic Art and architecture.
1907, Robert William 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.”
- (music) An ornate composition, especially for the piano.
- (ballet) A dance position in which the dancer stands on one leg, with the other raised backwards, and the arms outstretched.
ornamental design used in Islamic Art
(music) ornate composition
arabesque f (plural arabesques)
arabesque m, f (plural arabesques)