The -esque generally stands for:
- in the manner or style of: like or -ish,
- similar in style.
Here is a complete list of words that end with ESQUE. Some ‘esque’ words are no longer used in modern literature. Therefore, we haven’t included those here.
Definition: of architecture and furniture — derived from the style of the brothers Adam.
Definition: Having the shape of an aiguille — a sharp-pointed pinnacle of rock.
Definition: Made or decorated after the fanciful style of the ornamentation in the Alhambra — the palace of the Moorish kings at Granada, Spain.
- an ornament or style that employs flower, foliage, or fruit and sometimes animal and figural outlines to produce an intricate pattern of interlaced lines.
- a position in ballet in which the dancer stands on one leg with the other leg held out straight behind.
- an elaborate or intricate pattern, a type of design where lines wind around each other.
Definition: like a tree.
Definition: barbaric in style.
Definition: In the Byzantine style.
Definition: Painted with heavy touches or blot like brushwork.
Definition: of or relating to a Renaissance style of architecture marked by classical forms.
- Literature: a literary or dramatic work that seeks to ridicule by means of grotesque exaggeration or comic imitation.
- Mockery usually by caricature.
- Suggestive of a carnival. Example: a carnivalesque celebration.
- Marked by an often mocking or satirical challenge to authority and the traditional social hierarchy. Example: a carnivalesque protest.
- of, relating to, or befitting chivalry.
- Having the spirit or manners of chivalry. Example: a chivalresque romance.
Definition: of or relating to a Spanish baroque architectural style characterized by elaborate surface decoration or its Latin American adaptation.
Definition: featured by a cigar.
Definition: of, relating to, or characteristic or suggestive of Dante or his writings, especially: having a hellish or bizarre quality.
Definition: resembling or in the style of Danton.
Definition: resembling in style or manner the work of the artist Dürer noted for his accurate and delicate drawing and his delineation of character, especially in his engravings which are characterized by profuse and literal detail.
Definition: of, relating to, or resembling a garden.
Definition: having the characteristics of a giant.
Definition: of enormous or grotesquely large proportions -gigantic.
Definition: resembling the broad and simple style of the painter Giotto.
Definition: resembling or suggestive of a goblin in appearance or behavior.
Definition: of or relating to the poet Góngora or to Gongorism.
- a style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness, or caricature.
- a piece of work in this style.
Definition: of, relating to, or resembling the style of Heine.
Definition: of, relating to, or characteristic of Victor Hugo or his works.
Definition: a musical composition typically whimsical or fanciful in character.
Definition: Japanese style.
Definition: marked by stately or voluptuous beauty and generous proportions.
Definition: of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings, especially having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality.
Definition: of, relating to, or suggesting Leonardo or the subjects or style of his paintings.
Definition: resembling or resembling that of Abraham Lincoln.
Definition: having the characteristics of a lion.
Definition: of or relating to any of several Italian Renaissance painters named Lombardi or Lombardo.
Definition: characteristic of London.
Definition: relating to or having the characteristics of a madrigal.
Variant spelling of moresque.
Definition: characteristic of or resembling Michelangelo or his work which is preeminent for the grandeur of conception, dramatic action, and technical mastery of execution.
Definition: having the characteristics of Moorish art, architecture, or decoration.
Definition: faithfully imitating nature – conforming closely to natural details.
Definition: suitable for or resembling a novel.
Definition: suggesting opal – opalescent.
Definition: resembling or suggestive of the paintings of the early Renaissance Italian artist Perugino.
Definition: of, relating to, or characteristic of rogues or rascals, specifically relating to or being a type of prose fiction of Spanish origin in modern literature in which the principal character is a rogue or vagabond.
Definition: like a picture – resembling or suggesting a painted scene.
Definition: relating to or being a 16th-century Spanish architectural style distinguished by a wealth and richness of ornamentation suggestive of silver plate.
Definition: variant spelling of Raphaelesque.
Definition: done in or resembling the style of the painter Raphael.
Definition: resembling the style or manner of the Dutch painter Rembrandt (as in his use of strongly contrasting light and shade).
Definition: of, relating to, or constructed in the Romanesque style or architecture.
Definition: done in the manner of or resembling sculpture: resembling a statue in amplitude or clearness of outline.
Definition: of, relating to, or characteristic of the poet Shelley or his writings.
Definition: resembling a statue.
Definition: after the manner of or suggesting the style of the Venetian painter Titian noted for his breadth of treatment, realism, and rich but subdued coloring.
Definition: of, relating to, or resembling the style of the Tudor period.
Definition: resembling or suggesting the work of the painter — Turner — having brilliant color effects in the manner of Turner’s paintings of landscapes and seascapes.
Definition: not picturesque.
Definition: resembling or suggesting in style and treatment the work of Wagner.
Definition: of, relating to, or resembling Whitman or his literary style.
Definition: of, relating to, or suggestive of Zola or his writings.
Even though the following -esque words are used in the English literature, these are not widely known: