mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio) \

Definition of mural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a wall
2 : applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling surface



Definition of mural (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mural work of art (such as a painting)

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muralist \ ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​list How to pronounce muralist (audio) \ noun

Examples of mural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Robin Hays, a Milpitas art commissioner since 2000, will discuss the commission’s plans to bring street, sidewalk, and mural art to the City of Milpitas. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Milpitas community briefs for the week of Aug. 2," 2 Aug. 2019 Activities include mural painting, sandcastle building, kayak paddling demos, yoga, drum circles, and ukulele performances. Houston Chronicle, "Have fun in Galveston without breaking the bank," 14 June 2019 The resulting image is a paradox, a loose but gilded sketch blown up to mural size. Sharon Mizota,, "‘Migrant Caravan’ isn’t so different from ‘Disco!’ in this artist’s hands," 1 July 2019 Linares also wants to focus on cultural preservation through the arts, and to celebrate the neighborhood’s Latinx heritage with mural art. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 The Facebook post garnered mostly positive comments, though some suggested other mural ideas and one voiced concern about a lack of input from nearby residents. Priscella Vega,, "Proposed Huntington Beach mural draws mixed response," 31 May 2018 Local residents are invited to support a Lynn organization that plans to present a mural festival in the city this summer. John Laidler,, "Beyond Walls is fund-raising for mural festival in Lynn," 29 May 2018 Featuring four staged scenes of music videos from the project as well as cool activations such as a popcorn machine, gold bar, and graffiti mural arcade games, the venue brought the world of art and Afrofuturism to life. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "Spotify Hosts Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' Album Release Party in LA," 27 Apr. 2018 Among the show's most beautiful items are mural fragments on fields of oxblood red showing vibrant flowering trees and serpents from whose mouths multicolored water flows. Christopher Knight,, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Birmingham is a little brighter thanks to Color Bham’s giant rainbow mural off Morris Avenue between 20th and 22nd Streets North. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 Graffiti, murals and even tagging were once notorious endeavors. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "For Denver, Crush Walls is a street art fest. For street artists, it’s a show of real respect.," 1 Sep. 2019 In a dazzling opening sequence played to a rap beat, the camera flies over a jewel-like Naples by night, filled with futuristic giant murals and flickering lights. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Mayor of Rione Sanita' ('Il sindaco di Rione Sanita'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Services offered include commissions of any kind, murals and painting parties., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 The Public Arts Commission reviews each artist’s submissions and selects the murals to paint on the utility boxes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Passion 4 K.I.D.S founders visit with royalty," 29 Aug. 2019 Fernandez was proposing to have graffiti-like murals on each of the six panels on the transportation center, with panels representing Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Hollywood Burbank Airport officials continue to seek art for transportation center," 27 Aug. 2019 Giant murals of Prince— with bursts of divine light shooting out of his hands—adorn the ceiling; guitars and pearl-string outfits are pinned to the wall; and an entire room is decked out in swirls of purple UV stars. National Geographic, "Hear the 10 essential sounds of America," 23 Aug. 2019 Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black-and-white photography, along with that mural. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2019-20: Best Bets," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mural


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mural


Latin muralis, from murus wall — more at munition

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English Language Learners Definition of mural

: a usually large painting that is done directly on the surface of a wall


mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-el\

Kids Definition of mural

: a usually large painting on a wall or ceiling


mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio) \

Medical Definition of mural

: attached to and limited to a wall or a cavity a mural thrombus mural abscesses

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