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arabesque

[ ar-uh-besk ]SEE DEFINITION OF arabesque
  • as indecoration
  • as inembroidery

Synonyms for arabesque

  • color
  • design
  • finery
  • ornament
  • plaque
  • ribbon
  • trinket
  • wreath
  • bauble
  • braid
  • curlicue
  • dingbat
  • doodad
  • extravagance
  • festoon
  • filigree
  • flounce
  • flourish
  • fretwork
  • frill
  • frippery
  • furbelow
  • fuss
  • garbage
  • garnish
  • gewgaws
  • gilt
  • gimcracks
  • gingerbread
  • inlay
  • jazz
  • lace
  • parquetry
  • scroll
  • sequin
  • spangle
  • thing
  • tinsel
  • trimming
  • appliqué
  • fandangle
  • garniture
  • tooling
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Antonyms for arabesque

  • plainness
  • eyesore
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARABESQUE

When all was ready, he drew some arabesque forms with his pencil on the board.

A "Schumannesque" is written closely on the lines of Schumann's "Arabesque."

There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments.

The ceiling and walls were rich with tessellated and arabesque work.

His sketches of life are arabesque in their strange combinations.

These are cut in arabesque designs, and many of them are very handsome.

On the arabesque in which the painting is set is a cartel inscribed with name and date.

The secretary absently drew an arabesque on the blotting-pad.

And now you just sit down at that piano and play me Debussy's 'Arabesque.'

Both girls were playing with an ear for the "Arabesque" on the other side of the wall.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ARABESQUE

decoration

nounparticular type of embellishment
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