Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Moor, especially a Spanish Moor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Moor.
  • n. The Moorish style of architecture.
  • n. A Muslim convert to Christianity.
  • n. The morris dance.
  • n. One who dances the morris dance.
  • proper n. The Moorish language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moresque.
  • n. The Moorish language.
  • n. A Moorish dance, now called morris dance.
  • n. One who dances the Moorish dance.
  • n. Moresque decoration or architecture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Moresque.
  • n. In Span. hist., a person of the Moorish race; a Moor.
  • n. The language of the Moors of Spain.
  • n. The Moorish dance known also as morris-dance.
  • n. A dancer of the morris-dance.
  • n. A dance performed by one person, differing from the morris-dance. See the last quotation.
  • n. The style of architecture or ornamentation commonly called Moorish.
  • n. The offspring of a mulatto woman and a Spaniard; also, in general, any one with a considerable amount of negro blood.

Etymologies

Spanish, from Moro, Moor, from Latin Maurus; see Moor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish morisco Moorish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • a natural sensation of pleasure that the youth resumed an apparel suitable to his birth, and which no one was personally more fitted to become; but it was with much deeper feeling that he hastily, and as secretly as possible, flung round his neck, and concealed under the collar and folds of his ornamented doublet, a small thin chain of gold, curiously linked in what was called Morisco work.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • This view, which saw the Morisco members of the community as dangerous strangers, has no basis in fact in the notarial registers and parish records we have examined thus far; in fact, the term "Morisco" was rarely used in the official records kept in these villages.

    Like Wheat to the Miller: Community, Convivencia, and the Construction of Morisco Identity in Sixteenth-Century Aragon

  • The 'Morisco' they called it; and it was much admired; and the fashion of it spread throughout Spain -- scaled the very Pyrenees, and invaded France.

    Yet Again

  • Rejected by his fellow Moors as being a “Nazarene”and condemned to be treated as a Moor by the Christians due to his crypto-Muslim Morisco culture public Muslim practices being banned in 1499, Hernando bears witness to the mutual distrust that Morisco and Spaniard alike felt toward one another.

    TATTOO MACHINE IS AWESOME; And Recent Omnivoracious Features

  • It is the most complicated of all the measures and is held to be of Morisco or Hispano – Moorish origin.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "If I, the Princess of Wales herself, can be left in a burning campsite, then you, who are nothing but a Morisco anyway, can certainly endure it."

    Excerpt: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

  • Moors for his supper: a thousand wild legends were told of Ivanhoe, indeed, so that the Morisco warriors came half vanquished into the field, and fell an easy prey to the Spaniards, who cut away among them without mercy.

    Burlesques

  • His horse, too, was harnessed in the Morisco fashion, with great shovel stirrups.

    The Alhambra

  • Presently they beheld a sturdy, sunburnt fellow, clad in the ragged garb of a foot-soldier, leading a powerful Arabian horse, caparisoned in the ancient Morisco fashion.

    The Alhambra

  • It is overlooked by a small gallery supported by marble pillars and Morisco arches.

    The Alhambra

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