mu·​ral | \ ˈmyu̇r-əl \

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 \ noun

Examples of mural in a Sentence

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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

The dramatic changes are documented in photos of Harris County District Clerk standing in front of the mural, both before and after restoration. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Dramatic changes to ‘The Rebirth of Our Nationality’ mural documented in before-and-after photos," 19 June 2018 Artworks line the walls and are propped up on landings, including fragments of a mural by the multimedia artist Swoon that are sandwiched between sheets of glass. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Clinton Hill Mansion With a Rock ’n’ Roll History," 8 June 2018 The sleek formal rhythms of the Hammer mural are neither monolithic nor combative. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 Some of Stein's art, including prints of the mural, is available for sale on Etsy. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Her mural of Prince earned worldwide attention in April. Now, her remix is almost done," 4 June 2018 Sarah Farahat, the lead artist in charge of the mural dedicated to the victims, stressed the importance of raising up the perspectives of those who are underrepresented in her speech. Corlyn Voorhees,, "Portland marks MAX attack anniversary with ceremony, mural dedication," 26 May 2018 In a corner of each mural, the artist has painted the name and age of the missing youngster, and a telephone number to call in case anyone has information. Almudena Calatrava, The Christian Science Monitor, "Argentines use murals to draw awareness to missing children," 24 May 2018 The first was a photo of a mural that had been done on the wall of a lighthouse in the south of Italy. Angela Chen, The Verge, "‘Sound Photography’ is the latest project from Cities and Memory," 20 May 2018 On the other side of the Little Havana welcome mural at the mouth of neighborhood, on Southwest Eighth Street and 27th Avenue, Quijano is making her chocolate dreams come true. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Cuban coffee, cigars and chocolate? Little Havana opens a new chocolate factory," 15 May 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 \

Medical Definition of mural

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

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