- an adjective suffix indicating style, manner, resemblance, or distinctive character: arabesque; Romanesque; picturesque.
Origin of -esque
- indicating a specified character, manner, style, or resemblancepicturesque; Romanesque; statuesque; Chaplinesque
Word Origin for -esque
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).