-esque suffix forming adjs., repr. F. -esque — It. -esco :- Rom. *-iscus — Gmc. *-iskaz -ISH1; first in adoptions from It. through F. in the basic sense of ‘resembling the style of’, ‘partaking of the characteristics of’, as in arabesque, burlesque, Dantesque, grotesque, picturesque.
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