• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • -esque A suffix of certain words from the French, Italian, and Spanish. It denotes manner or style; like; as, arabesque, after the manner of the Arabs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • -esque A termination in adjectives of French or other Romance origin, meaning ‘having the style or manner of,’ as in grotcsque, picturesq ue, arabesque, Moresque, Dantesque, etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. -isco,. Cf. -ish


In literature:

I was raised on the Esque place.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Poe would start the story just here, and here the veritable Poe-esque quality begins.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
Rubini-esque, even, but scarcely producible to the fastidious ears at opera.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Rubini-esque, even, but scarcely producible to fastidious ears at opera.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Under a Life Ray projector, a beautiful, Juno-esque woman was playing a violin.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
You fine that building ve'y pitto'esque, Mistoo Itchlin?
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable

In news:

Same happened with the Chanel polar bear-esque fall '10 boots.
Shakespeare's Lear gets a ' Godfather '-esque treatment in Park Square production.
There is Allan Harris the romantic troubadour, serving up platters of Billy Strayhorn, Ellington and Nat King Cole tunes with his distinctly Cole-esque baritone.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) attributes his George Hamilton-esque tan to genetics and his love of golf.
At Grocery Outlet 's store in Petaluma, near the sluggish, diarrhea-colored Petaluma River, I discovered something called Treet, a Spam-esque can of "luncheon loaf" that boasts a "baked Virginia ham taste".
Roast Chicken in a Bundt Pan Instead of a Bundt Cake Turn the classic baking pan into a MacGyver-esque roaster for chicken.
The group's Beatles-esque power pop had garnered praise from NME and bands like Oasis in the UK and inspired a following in Asia, but in this country, not so much.
On the Norman Rockwell-esque corner drug store.
Boston chef Ana Sortun is gaining renown for her "Arab-esque" cuisine--for its strong flavors, its exotic accents and (most surprising of all) its delicious and satisfying vegetarian dishes.
Is it realistic to predict crime and stop it before it happens, or just a science fiction-esque impersonation of Minority Report.
Seafood in a Sinatra-esque atmosphere.
It's a sensual masculine-esque fragrance and collection of indulgent body care which is a followup to her 2010 Boyfriend.
' Promised Land ' writers-stars-producers Matt Damon and John Krasinski use fracking in their story but see their film as more Capra-esque than single-issue.
I could tell you that The Hudsucker Proxy is a Capra-esque film "about" a little guy's skyrocket ride to the top of American industry, and that it pushes the Horatio Alger storyline as far as it will go.
I am shielded in medieval-esque armor.