Definition of arabesque in English:
1 Ballet A posture in which one leg is extended backwards at right angles, the torso bent forwards, and the arms outstretched, one forwards and one backwards.
- The height of the extended legs in the arabesques was uniform throughout the shades and the spacing between dancers was as close to perfection as one could reasonably wish.
- With their sculptural groupings of precisely calibrated arabesques, these dances distilled Ashton's personal classicism to pure essence.
- The initial twelve-minute aerial dance found them on a rope suspended from the ceiling, executing arabesques while spinning with sublime grace.
2An ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in ancient Islamic art: [as modifier]: arabesque scrolls
More example sentences
- In his late style the backgrounds are light, the register of colour is greatly heightened, and the emphasis is on the decorative design of swirling Rococo arabesques of flowers and foliage.
- Elsewhere in his oeuvre, Aboriginal dot patterns, Islamic arabesques and Chinese fire motifs lend a mystical, ancient aspect to his art.
- The exterior is in typical late Victorian style, the arabesque influences and designs preserved for the interior.
3 Music A passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody.
- The orchestra provides ‘a resonating environment’ for the melodies and arabesques of the flute.
- Now, however, each melody becomes enwrapped in a vocal arabesque of such complexity that it almost vanishes and the sounds being made are not only intrusive but downright unpleasant.
- The Beauty Pill are a surgically precise band whose compositions perform limber arabesques without losing a step, and Clark's homespun production accentuates every contortion.
Definition of arabesque in:
- US English dictionary