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mu·​ral ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling a wall
: applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling surface


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

Example Sentences

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The city is inviting artists to submit mural project ideas for the west wall of the Human Concerns building, 1029 Milwaukee Ave. Journal Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2023 One wall is covered with a mural honoring Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 23 Sep. 2022 There’s no straight line in the mural or perfect geometry because life isn’t about perfection. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 The mural debut came on Sunday night, which was, not without coincidence, the first night of Hanukkah. Mike Wagenheim, Sun Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2022 Now Mayer has promised to the Met 96 paintings and 124 drawings, spanning Guston’s career from a mural style to Abstract Expressionism to political satire between 1930 and his death in 1980. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2022 Styles include Basile Frieze, a reinterpretation of a bold Art Deco pattern that Gaoutrot designed in 1963 as a textile, and Les Lilas Panoramic Décor, a mural reproduction of artwork by Knox-Leet. Marni Elyse Katz, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2022 The two artists also described the concepts behind the mural taking shape on the outer walls. al, 8 Dec. 2022 Patronato is focusing on conserving mural art and plaster walls in the mission's sacristy, and treating a set of historic original doors. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 7 Dec. 2022
Banksy painted the mural on a building in Hostomel, a town northwest of Kyiv that was damaged by Russian shelling. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 Slater painted the mural in May 2021 after deciding to create something for the city that challenged her creatively. Megan Becka, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2022 Regina Stenberg, who teaches art at Riley Elementary, painted the mural, executing the vision of the school’s staff. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Nov. 2022 Hilda Palafox, who goes by the name Poni for her Mexican street art, painted a mural in which human figures float among birds and leaves. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2022 Artist Tristan Eaton, a Hollywood native, painted a mural (a tribute to his native neighborhood and its namesake industry) on the side of the building. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Oct. 2022 Then activists painted a mural with the phrase, forcing the police to paint it over more than once. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 A couple of years ago, Nicole Wright, the creative DIYer at Lazy Haven, painted a mural on her daughters' bedroom wall that was inspired by a trip to Zion National Park. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The artist is Antonia Ramis Miguel, who painted the lovely mural on the side of the Reedy Electric Building on Main Street, just west of this new work. Janet Kusterer, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



Latin muralis, from murus wall — more at munition

First Known Use


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mural was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Mural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
mu·​ral ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio)
: of or relating to a wall
: applied to and made part of a wall surface
a mural painting


2 of 2 noun
: a mural work of art

Medical Definition


mu·​ral ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce mural (audio)
: attached to and limited to a wall or a cavity
a mural thrombus
mural abscesses
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