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 History of this Word

"esque" is from "iscus" (in the style of) spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
grotesque
picturesque
humoresque
arabesque

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-esque" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates resembling. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-esque illustration On entering the Art Gallery, we are awed by the statuesque presence of the paintings of torsos.
-esque illustration At its best, burlesque was a rich source of music and comedy.