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Rubenesque

[ roo-buh-nesk ]
/ ˌru bəˈnɛsk /
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adjective
of or relating to the painter Peter Paul Rubens or his works, which feature full-figured women.
(of a woman's figure) plump but shapely; curvaceous.
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Origin of Rubenesque

1815–20; Ruben(s) + -esque; the 's' is almost always dropped because Rubensesque is hard to pronounce
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How to use Rubenesque in a sentence

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

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  • Rubens became nothing but Rubens, but all the art world wished to become "Rubenesque."

British Dictionary definitions for Rubenesque

Rubenesque
/ (ˌruːbəˌnɛsk) /

adjective
(of a woman) having the physique associated with Rubens' portraits of women; plump and attractive
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