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

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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

The organization is meant to help recognize Latinx artists, and create new projects like murals in La Villa Hispana. Anne Nickoloff,, "FreshWater Cleveland’s La Villa Hispana ‘On the Ground’ series: Local arts, new businesses, more," 7 June 2019 There, Sargent drew him in charcoal for a mural in Boston Library, and also urged Bomberg to study at the Slade School of Art. Richard Cork, WSJ, "Worthy Imitations Worth a Visit," 18 Dec. 2018 When the museum vacated the warehouse, the building was transformed into a cold storage unit, and aluminum insulation panels covered the mural in 1989. Annalisa Quinn, New York Times, "Keith Haring Mural in Amsterdam Is Uncovered After Nearly 30 Years," 26 June 2018 For Goodyear Heights, the original plan, the Reservoir Paintscape Party, was to paint murals on the walls of Reservoir Park, a public pool and community gathering place. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Knight Challenge winner @Play, Goodyear Heights residents create water-themed murals to revitalize Reservoir Park (photos)," 13 Apr. 2018 Chachi tells Teen Vogue at the Academia Bautista Puerto Nuevo, where the group is working on an education mural. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 The team of artists working on the mural are lead by artists Terry Berkowitz and Josh Schultz. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Downtown Aurora tea room still getting ready to open," 7 July 2018 Sanchez, who also is featured on a large wall mural at Casa Padre, declined to discuss whether harsher border policies are benefitting or straining Southwest Key. Bob Ortega, CNN, "What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children," 14 June 2018 Throughout the process, Moses will host workshops to teach hands-on mural making to youth in the southeastern San Diego-Encanto area. James Hebert,, "San Diego Foundation announces Creative Catalyst artists for 2018," 8 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 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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