al·​fres·​co | \al-ˈfres-(ˌ)kō \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for alfresco

Synonyms

open-air, out-of-door (or out-of-doors), outdoor (also outdoors), outdoorsy

Antonyms

indoor

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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.

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During warmer months, an alfresco meal at the Mandarin Oriental is a must. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 Perfectly situated within the Arts Precinct above the river, this alfresco restaurant offers spectacular city skyline views. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016 Dine outdoors in peaceful alfresco settings across the state this summer, with farm dinner schedules presented by several restaurant groups and organizations. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Connecticut's 2018 Farm-To-Table Dinners From June To September," 21 May 2018 Kew's magnificent green lawns are ideal for spreading out a blanket and lying in the sun with an alfresco lunch. Joanna Pocock, latimes.com, "Romance is in the air at London's green spaces," 13 May 2018 There's great freedom in making big feasts and having alfresco lunches with mismatched glasses and plates. Sara Kate Gillingham-ryan, House Beautiful, "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl," 1 June 2010 His book is about equal parts alfresco inspiration, interesting factoids, how-to instructions and self-help advice. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "Review: ‘How to Read Nature’," 15 Dec. 2017 The first overnight accommodations at Acre, each tree house has a queen-sized bed, a toilet, and sink tucked away in a corner behind frosted glass, and a terrace with a sitting area and alfresco shower. Andrew Sessa, CNT, "San José del Cabo's Acre Is Getting Tree Houses," 18 Sep. 2017 Dine at any of five alfresco restaurants; try Pacific fare at Kukui’s Poolside Restaurant & Bar. Condé Nast Traveler, "Kaua'i Marriott Resort," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of alfresco

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alfresco

Italian

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alfresco

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of alfresco

: in the open air

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