Fine Arts. a sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif.
a pose in ballet in which the dancer stands on one leg with one arm extended in front and the other leg and arm extended behind.
a short, fanciful musical piece, typically for piano.
any ornament or ornamental object, as a rug or mosaic, in which flowers, foliage, fruits, vases, animals, and figures are represented in a fancifully combined pattern.
decorated with or characterized by arabesques:
arabesque focuses on Turkey, Morocco and Lebanon, with the added bonus of a beautiful design and great photos.
Fresh Picks Jody Adams April 26, 2010
On the arabesque in which the painting is set is a cartel inscribed with name and date.
Pintoricchio Evelyn March Phillipps
The ceiling and walls were rich with tessellated and arabesque work.
The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
The plea is not that the arabesque has that meaning when the whole thing is exposed.
Geography and Plays Gertrude Stein
These are cut in arabesque designs, and many of them are very handsome.
English Heraldic Book-stamps Cyril Davenport
The arabesque patterns between those formed of four ovals are worked in chain stitch with silk of two shades of brown.
Beeton’s Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
The secretary absently drew an arabesque on the blotting-pad.
Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
The mosaics are of the fifth century, after the arabesque paintings in the Baths of Titus.
Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
Both girls were playing with an ear for the “arabesque” on the other side of the wall.
The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
The walls and the columns were of white marble, inlaid with arabesque work of colored stones.
Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
(ballet) a classical position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and both arms stretched out in one of several conventional poses
(music) a piece or movement with a highly ornamented or decorated melody
a type of curvilinear decoration in painting, metalwork, etc, with intricate intertwining leaf, flower, animal, or geometrical designs
a design of flowing lines
designating, of, or decorated in this style
1610s, “Moorish or Arabic ornamental design,” from French arabesque (16c.), from Italian arabesco, from Arabo “Arab,” with reference to Moorish architecture. As a ballet pose, first attested 1830. Musical sense, in reference to an ornamented theme, is from 1864, originally the title given by Robert Schumann to one of his piano pieces.
a peninsula in SW Asia, including , Yemen Arab Republic, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait: divided in ancient times into , , and . About 1,000,000 sq. mi. (2,600,000 sq. km). Contemporary Examples Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the cancellation of Alice in […]
- Arabia deserta
an ancient division of Arabia, in the N part between Syria and Mesopotamia. Historical Examples The old Ishmaelites used to dwell in Arabia Deserta—a land scorched by burning sands, with scant vegetation and brackish water. A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris Arabia Deserta—the desert between Palestine and the Euphrates. A […]
- Arabia felix
an ancient division of Arabia, in the S part: sometimes restricted to Yemen. Historical Examples Never had any words been so vivid and so beautiful—Arabia Felix—Aethiopia. The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf Tethered in the desert for fear that she would get into Arabia Felix! Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau Other profound mythologists assure us that […]
- Arabia petraea
an ancient division of Arabia, in the NW part. Historical Examples Arabia Petraea (stony)—the end adjoining the Peninsula of Sinai. A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris Arabia is mine, Arabia Petraea to boot; and the universe, and you too, if I choose. The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac