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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 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.”
- (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)