Definition of Arabesque

1. Noun. Position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose.

Generic synonyms: Ballet Position



2. Noun. An ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design.
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation

Definition of Arabesque

1. n. A style of ornamentation either painted, inlaid, or carved in low relief. It consists of a pattern in which plants, fruits, foliage, etc., as well as figures of men and animals, real or imaginary, are fantastically interlaced or put together.

2. a. Arabian.

Definition of Arabesque

1. Noun. An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. This ornamental design is mainly used in Islamic Art and architecture ¹

2. Noun. (music) An ornate composition, especially for the piano. ¹

3. Noun. (ballet) A dance position in which the dancer stands on one leg, with the other raised backwards, and the arms outstretched ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Arabesque

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Medical Definition of Arabesque

1. A style of ornamentation either painted, inlaid, or carved in low relief. It consists of a pattern in which plants, fruits, foliage, etc, as well as figures of men and animals, real or imaginary, are fantastically interlaced or put together. It was employed in Roman imperial ornamentation, and appeared, without the animal figures, in Moorish and Arabic decorative art. (See Moresque) The arabesques of the Renaissance were founded on Greco-Roman work. Origin: F. Arabesque, fr. It. Arabesco, fr. Arabo Arab. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Arabesque

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"arabesque and Moresque Jy distinct; the latter is from the Arabian style of orna- ..t, developed by the Byzantine Greeks for their new masters, ..."

2. Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces: Containing Educational Notes and by Edward Baxter Perry (1910)
"HE term arabesque is derived from Arab and signifies like, or after the manner of, the Arabs. The peculiar form of art which it designates is a direct ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"This technical arabesque, therefore, is much more ancient than any Arabian or Moorish decoration, and has really nothing in common with it except the mere ..."

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