stuc·​co ˈstə-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce stucco (audio)
plural stuccos or stuccoes
: a fine plaster used in decoration and ornamentation (as of interior walls)
: a material usually made of Portland cement, sand, and a small percentage of lime and applied in a plastic state to form a hard covering for exterior walls
stuccoed adjective

Examples of stucco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Belgravia is a district known for its immaculate streets with regency-era terraced stucco townhouses, unlimited transport links, and shopping that will entice both boutique lovers and the Harrods aficionados. Stacey Wreathall, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 The look of the sprawling base didn’t fit its reputation, with low-slung stucco houses that conjured the suburban neighborhoods of any American town. Tamara Audi, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Built in 2002, the mansion plays up its Italian influence with a white stucco exterior accented by terracotta roof tiles and an arched entryway. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2024 Thermae embodied the imperial essence of the Roman Empire, grand in scale and embellished with stucco reliefs and mosaics. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Resting beyond a brick walkway that opens into the original tiled courtyard via a sage-green door, the creamy stucco and terracotta-roof structure was built in the 1920s and extensively updated during Stone’s tenure. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors came along one-by-one, and the team added an Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS) to add insulation and a stucco finish to the exterior. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 With its Mediterranean elements — red tile roof, white stucco, ornate ironwork — the style dominated the American Southwest, Southern California and Florida in the early 1900s. Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Last year, a simple, beige stucco home in his neighborhood went up for sale. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Italian, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stucki piece, crust, Old English stocc stock — more at stock entry 1

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stucco was in 1598

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“Stucco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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stuc·​co ˈstək-ō How to pronounce stucco (audio)
plural stuccos or stuccoes
: a plaster used to cover exterior walls or decorate interior walls
stuccoed adjective

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