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

1815–20; Ruben(s) + -esque; the 's' is almost always dropped because Rubensesque is hard to pronounce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rubenesque

Historical Examples of rubenesque

  • 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.

    Social Life

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British Dictionary definitions for rubenesque


  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



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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