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Rubenesque

[roo-buh-nesk] /ˌru bəˈnɛsk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the painter Peter Paul Rubens or his works, which feature full-figured women.
2.
(of a woman's figure) plump but shapely; curvaceous.
Origin of Rubenesque
1815-1820
1815-20; Ruben(s) + -esque; the 's' is almost always dropped because Rubensesque is hard to pronounce
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  • Rubens became nothing but Rubens, but all the art world wished to become "Rubenesque."

  • The hardest thing is to fit out his patrons with street gowns that will be conventional, and yet Rubenesque.

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British Dictionary definitions for Rubenesque

Rubenesque

/ˌruːbəˌnɛsk/
adjective
1.
(of a woman) having the physique associated with Rubens' portraits of women; plump and attractive
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Word Origin and History for Rubenesque
adj.

of a woman's body, "rounded and alluringly plump," 1904, of the type characteristic of the paintings of Flemish painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).

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