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

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 Lima’s cathedral, with its pair of neo-Classical spires framing an epic door, appears here blown up to mural size; a smaller photo captures Mexico City’s more Baroque cathedral, lording over the massive Zócalo. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 For its mural initiative, Hotel Chicago worked with the Chicago Artists Resource, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Galerie F to find artists like Asend and Rivera. Darcel Rockett,, "Hotel Chicago West Loop rooms feature street art by local artists," 11 Apr. 2018 After lunch at wine bar Amaya, grab a cab to Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City's 1,700-acre park, to visit Rivera's Tlaloc Fountain and his mural Agua, el origen de la vida. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Mexico City," 17 Oct. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Venezuelan artist Mariet Vergara painted a mural in a corner based on a tropical fabric that Ortiz used in her spring/summer 2016 collection; Vergara also created a trompe l’oeil bamboo motif for a guest room’s headboard. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Colombian Fashion Designer Brings a Sophisticated Spirit Into Her Cartagena Home," 9 Aug. 2018 In addition to pop-up art shops, there are several spots along the way where local artists have painted murals on the walls, and there are sculptures on display. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Surprises await when you explore the green spaces of New York City," 30 June 2018 Employees joined in to paint a mural on one wall depicting the many types of small businesses Gusto serves. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF startup makes new office a home with no-shoes policy," 9 May 2018 San Diego aims to enliven commercial districts with more pedestrian plazas, painted murals and similar amenities. David Garrick,, "New San Diego law aims to make commercial districts more lively, colorful," 24 Apr. 2018 During the renovation, some advocates wanted to see the boards removed, and the original mural restored. Keith Williams, New York Times, "What Is That Spot on the Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal?," 7 June 2018 Victor Borges, a 23-year-old Brazilian soccer player who lives in Boca Raton, saw the mural last week and loved it. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Brazilian star Neymar will be huge in Miami during World Cup," 6 June 2018 To see more murals by Orozco, visit the Palacio del Gobierno, near the Cathedral. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018 Linton was there, too, preparing to meet the civic leadership of Smiths Falls to discuss a mural for an outer factory wall that would depict the history of the town and imagine its future. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, "Dreams of big profits as marijuana becomes legal in Canada," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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