adjective or adverb
al·​fres·​co | \ al-ˈfre-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce alfresco (audio) \

Definition of alfresco

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

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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.

Examples of alfresco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This hotel in the Menlo Park foothills near Interstate 280 has reimagined its alfresco restaurant as an outdoor botanical garden — with bites and sips to celebrate the season. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 9 Aug. 2019 Despite the relatively small footprint of this outdoor kitchen, the Lynx grill, refrigerator and pizza oven make this the perfect spot for creating an alfresco meal. House Beautiful, 14 Oct. 2019 In January 2005, Pat Galuppi opened Galuppi’s on the grounds of the Greg Norman Signature Pines Golf Course, providing a picturesque backdrop for alfresco terrace dining and patio cocktails. Claire Perez,, 15 Nov. 2019 Experiencing live performances outside on a warm summer evening — the jets landing at National — reminded her of another alfresco experience: being in the audience at the Water Gate. John Kelly, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019 Cantor Roof Garden Bar: Cocktails and light snacks are the forte of this alfresco hangout on the roof of the Met. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, 20 Sep. 2019 Enjoy an alfresco dance performance when Ballet Arizona puts on its annual Ballet Under the Stars program every fall. Arizona Republic, azcentral, 17 Aug. 2019 Fifty years ago this month at the inaugural League to Save Lake Tahoe fashion show, 100 guests paid $15 per ticket for an alfresco fashion show and picnic-table box lunch. Catherine Bigelow,, 14 Aug. 2019 So here are seven ways to enjoy the heck out of the Bay Area and beyond, from alfresco awesomeness to S.F. Pride Weekend to a rock star named Hootie. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of alfresco

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Alfresco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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