graffito

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noun graf·fi·to \grə-ˈfē-(ˌ)tō, gra-, grä-\

Definition of graffito

plural

graffiti

play \grə-ˈfē-(ˌ)tē, gra-, grä-\
  1. :  an inscription or drawing made on some public surface (such as a rock or wall); also :  a message or slogan written as or as if as a graffito

graffitist

play \grə-ˈfē-tist, gra-, grä-\ noun

Did You Know?

Any casual writing or design marked on a wall is a graffito. Graffiti (the plural of graffito) have been made throughout history; they are found in abundance on the monuments of ancient Egypt. Technically the term applies to a design scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning is extended to other markings. Graffiti produced with spray paint became notorious in New York City in the 1970s and have appeared in cities all over the US and Europe. The 20th-century preoccupation with manifestations of the subconscious stimulated this form of expression and produced a vogue for “graffiti art.” Graffiti are sometimes considered a form of folk art.

Origin and Etymology of graffito

Italian, incised inscription, from graffiare to scratch, probably from grafio stylus, from Latin graphium


First Known Use: 1851


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