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fresco

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noun fres·co \ˈfres-(ˌ)kō\

Simple Definition of fresco

  • : the art of painting on wet plaster

  • : a painting that is done on wet plaster

Full Definition of fresco

plural frescoes

  1. 1 :  the art of painting on freshly spread moist lime plaster with water-based pigments

  2. 2 :  a painting executed in fresco

fresco transitive verb

Origin of fresco

Italian, from fresco fresh, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frisc fresh


First Known Use: 1598


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