- a complex and elaborate decorative design of intertwined lines suggesting flowers, foliage, animals, geometric patterns, etc., used in drawing, painting, low relief, metalwork, etc.
- Ballet a position in which one leg is extended straight backward and the arms are extended, usually one forward and one backward
- a light, whimsical composition with many delicately ornamental passages
- any ornamental passage typical of such a composition
Origin of arabesqueFrench from Italian arabesco from Arabo, Arab from Arabic ?arab: with reference to the designs in Moorish architecture