Definition of graffiti
graffitiedgraffitiing \-(ˌ)tē-iŋ\ also graffiting \-ˈfē-tiŋ\
: to draw graffiti on : to deface with graffiti <graffitied walls>
First Known Use of graffiti
Simple Definition of graffiti
: pictures or words painted or drawn on a wall, building, etc.
Full Definition of graffiti
: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface
Usage Discussion of graffiti
Graffiti, which also serves as the plural of graffito, is commonly used as a singular mass noun <graffiti … was depressing people who rode the subways — New Yorker> <graffiti comes in various styles — S. K. Oberbeck>. This use is well established although not yet as well established as the mass-noun use of data. Use of graffiti as a singular count noun is still quite rare and is not standard.
Examples of graffiti in a sentence
The walls of the old building are covered with graffiti.
Origin of graffiti
Italian, plural of graffito
First Known Use: 1945
GRAFFITI Defined for Kids
Definition of graffiti for Students
: writing or drawing made on a public structure without permission
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