alfresco

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adjective or adverb al·fres·co \al-ˈfres-(ˌ)kō\

Definition of alfresco

  1. :  taking place or located in the open air :  outdoor, outdoors an alfresco lunch an alfresco café dining alfresco

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Did You Know?

In addition to describing a type of dining, alfresco can also describe a kind of painting. The word fresco, which comes from the Italian adjective fresco, meaning "fresh," refers to a method of painting on fresh plaster. Although the "outdoors" sense of alfresco is by far the most common in current use, the term is sometimes used to describe painting done in the fresco manner - that is, on fresh plaster.

Origin and Etymology of alfresco

Italian


First Known Use: 1753


ALFRESCO Defined for English Language Learners

alfresco

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adjective or adverb al·fres·co \al-ˈfres-(ˌ)kō\

Definition of alfresco for English Language Learners

  • : in the open air



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