Moresque

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Moresque relating to or characteristic of the Moors "Moorish courtyard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Moresque Of or pertaining to, or in the manner or style of, the Moors; Moorish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Moresque Moorish; of Moorish design, or of design imitating Moorish work.
    • n Moresque A style of decoration by means of flat patterns, interlacings, simple scrolls, and the like, and usually in crude color or in slight relief on metal-work, founded upon Moorish decoration.
    • n Moresque Also spelled Mauresque.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Moresque mo-resk′ done after the manner of the Moors
    • n Moresque a kind of ornamentation, same as arabesque—(obs.) Mores′co
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. moresco, or Sp. morisco,. See Morris

Usage

In literature:

Therefore, on entering one's room for the siesta, one strips, puts on the light moresques and the chinoise, and dozes in comfort.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
Though the building is Moresque, the houses notwithstanding are both pleasantand convenient.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
To aid mental digestion I strolled over to the noble home of the Academy and Institute adjoining Mr. Huntington's Hispano-Moresque Museum.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
It describes the dexterity of Ganzul, a noble Moor, in the bull-ring, and is certainly not without its quota of Moresque colour.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
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