Origin of -esque

< French < Italian -escoGermanic; see -ish1
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British Dictionary definitions for -esque


suffix forming adjectives
  1. indicating a specified character, manner, style, or resemblancepicturesque; Romanesque; statuesque; Chaplinesque

Word Origin for -esque

via French from Italian -esco, of Germanic origin; compare -ish
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Word Origin and History for -esque

word-forming element meaning "resembling or suggesting the style of," from French -esque "like, in the manner of," from Italian -esco, like Medieval Latin -iscus from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German -isc, German -isch, English -ish; see -ish).

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