[ roo-buh-nesk ]

  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

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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


/ (ˌruːbəˌnɛsk) /

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

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