from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ballet position in which the dancer bends forward while standing on one straight leg with the arm extended forward and the other arm and leg extended backward.
- n. A complex, ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometric figures.
- n. Music An ornate, whimsical composition especially for piano.
- n. An intricate or elaborate pattern or design: "the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye” ( Nigel Andrews).
- adj. In the fashion of or formed as an arabesque.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. This ornamental design is mainly used in Islamic Art and architecture.
- n. An ornate composition, especially for the piano.
- n. A dance position in which the dancer stands on one leg, with the other raised backwards, and the arms outstretched.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- adj. Arabian.
- adj. Relating to, or exhibiting, the style of ornament called arabesque.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arabian or resembling the Arabian in style; specifically, in art, relating to or exhibiting the variety of ornament known as arabesque. See II.
- n. A kind of ornament of a capricious and fanciful character, consisting of lines, geometrical figures, fruits, flowers, foliage, etc., variously combined and grouped, and painted, inlaid, or wrought in low relief: used especially for the decoration of walls and ceilings, but also for the decoration of objects of any nature.
- n. In bookbinding, a term used in England for impressed ornamental work on the side of the binding, produced by the pressure of hot plates or rollers upon which the pattern is engraved.
- n. Also spelled arabesk.
- To enrich with ornament in arabesque.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
- n. an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
French, from Italian arabesco, in Arabian fashion, from Arabo, an Arab, from Latin Arabus, from Arabs; see Arab.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French arabesque, from Italian arabesco, from arabo ("Arab"). (Wiktionary)