1) N-COUNT An arabesque is a position in ballet dancing. The dancer stands on one leg with their other leg lifted and stretched out backwards, and their arms stretched out in front of them.

The ballerina remained suspended in a faultless arabesque.

2) N-COUNT In art, an arabesque is a design of flowing lines.

...a clay water jug decorated with painted arabesques.

English dictionary. 2008.


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