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.

Origin of Rubenesque

1815–20; Ruben(s) + -esque; the 's' is almost always dropped because Rubensesque is hard to pronounce

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Examples from the Web for 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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Word Origin and History for rubenesque

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper