adjective or adverb

al·​fres·​co al-ˈfre-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce alfresco (audio)
: 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 Be sure to experience one of the best hydrotherapy circuits in the region, and book a table at the chic, alfresco Lobster House for a memorable romantic dinner. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Outside, the grounds read like any shore resort and include a multi-tiered deck and an alfresco kitchen. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2024 Couples can partake in a picnic atop one of the ancient terraces or an alfresco Mallorcan feast with a view of the Mediterranean. Michelle Gross, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2023 Couples can relax poolside in a day bed, book a spa treatment, or enjoy the alfresco culinary experiences at the property's restaurants. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2023 Other itineraries will include alfresco lunches at a pearl farm, deep dives into World War II history, and song and dance performances hosted by local youth. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 The asterisk on that stat is that the two rearmost perches are alfresco, facing each other across the stumpy pickup bed—the world's fanciest Subaru BRAT. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 4 Sep. 2023 Outside, the expansive deck is as central to the design as the interior, equipped with an alfresco kitchen and an infinity-edge pool and spa. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2023 Outside, there is alfresco lounge seating on the bow, the aft decks, and the fold-out aft terraces. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alfresco was in 1753


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“Alfresco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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