secco

noun
sec·​co | \ ˈse-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce secco (audio) \

Definition of secco

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the art of painting on dry plaster

secco

adjective or adverb

Definition of secco (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : short and very staccato used as a direction in music
2 of a recitative : accompanied only by the instruments playing the continuo

Examples of secco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The restaurant’s Old King Cole martini (one of dozens in Simonson’s book) combines Old Raj gin, Mancino secco vermouth and Angostura orange bitters. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "How to make a martini your guests will love — or at least love to argue about," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of secco

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined above

Adjective or adverb

circa 1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for secco

Noun

Italian, from secco dry, from Latin siccus — more at sack

Adjective or adverb

Italian, literally, dry

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Cite this Entry

“Secco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secco. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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