Definition of fresco
1 : the art of painting on freshly spread moist lime plaster with water-based pigments
2 : a painting executed in fresco
Recent Examples of fresco from the Web
Each season the CSC builds a new show set among the PFI's stabilized ruins and landscaped grounds creating an unique ambiance for al fresco summer shows.
The menu also lists scrambles like the Herbivore ($11), with herbs and kale and other vegetables, queso fresco and avocado crema, and omelets, including what's called the Perfect Omelet: a cheese blend with optional ham.
Dining al fresco is one of the pleasures of the season.
On the ground floor, segments of brickwork of a wall, decorated with frescoes, date to the era of Emperor Septimius Severus, whose rule spanned the end of the 2nd and start of the 3rd centuries, according to the archaeologists.
At La Cassetta, a historic stone lake house, classic Mediterranean fare is made more delightful by the al fresco setting.
So grab a blanket and snacks (perhaps a bottle of wine), and catch a flick al fresco.
Inside, part of a 13th-century fresco can still be seen.
A turkey fresco sub at Potbelly has 720 calories, and a chicken burrito from Chipotle can pack more than 1,000.
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fresco and the Art World
The Italian word fresco means “fresh” and comes from a Germanic word akin to the source of English fresh. In the Renaissance, pittura a fresco, meaning “painting freshly,” referred to paint applied while the plaster on the wall was still wet, as opposed to pittura a secco “painting dryly,” in which paint is applied when the plaster was dry. In English, fresco appears earliest as part of the phrase in fresco; it does not appear as a noun referring to a painting until 1670. A different sense of Italian fresco, meaning “fresh air,” appears in the phrase al fresco “outdoors,” borrowed into English as alfresco and used particularly in reference to dining outdoors.
Origin and Etymology of fresco
Italian, from fresco fresh, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frisc fresh
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
FRESCO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fresco for English Language Learners
: the art of painting on wet plaster
: a painting that is done on wet plaster
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