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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or in the style of painting of Peter Paul Rubens.
  • adj. Plump or fleshy and voluptuous. Used of a woman.

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  • adj. plump and sensuous (referring to the figure of a woman)


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

Sense 2, from the frequent depiction of such women by Rubens.

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From the women depicted in the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640).


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  • She landed the part of the "Rubenesque" Ginny "Sack" Sacramoni, wife of mob boss Johnny - News

  • Manolson considers it striking that some young women with whom she has spoken and who are average looking and even "Rubenesque" in figure consider themselves beautiful, even sexy.


  • A contemporary woman described as "Rubenesque" certainly would be affronted and, in Los Angeles, probably reduced to tears.


  • I'd advise you instead to use the word "Rubenesque" or somesuch in your ad, but oops, I already told you not to write your own copy.

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  • If Christina Hendricks Joan from Mad Men had a dollar for every time she was patronised as "Rubenesque", she could give up acting and spend the rest of her days lying by swimming pools in bikinis made of diamonds.

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  • The Rubenesque Cream-pussy gives the serious-writer unconditional love.

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  • Stephenie was Rubenesque, all generous curves and auburn curls and pale, pale skin.

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  • It may be hard for some to imagine Tina Fey prior to stardom and her trademark sexy librarian image, but husband Jeff Richmond remembers dating a Tina who wore “mismatched frumpy clothing” on a heavier, Rubenesque frame.

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  • She was referring to Jeremy Kortes , a graphic designer, who'd been sketching her and her equally talented Rubenesque podium partner Amber Ray on his iPad.

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