Definition of arabesque noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌærəˈbesk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌærəˈbesk//
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  1. 1[countable] (in ballet) a position in which the dancer balances on one leg with the other leg lifted and stretched out behind parallel to the ground
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (in art) a type of design where lines wind around each other
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian arabesco ‘in the Arabic style’, from arabo ‘Arab’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: arabesque