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Definition of "curlicue" [curl•i•cue]

  • A fancy twist or curl, such as a flourish made with a pen. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "curlicue" in a sentence
  • "The curlicue is a little uneven, too, but the chef complimented my pear, and I rather like it myself."
  • "Remnants of the feathers and "curlicue" designs can still be seen."
  • "Portis's language is an archaic, biblically inflected 19th-century American English, free of contractions, a plainsong not averse to rhetorical filigree and curlicue – a perfect fit for the hyper-literate, word-drunk Coens."