stuc·​co | \ ˈstə-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce stucco (audio) \
plural stuccos or stuccoes

Definition of stucco

1a : a fine plaster used in decoration and ornamentation (as of interior walls)
b : 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

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Other Words from stucco

stuccoed \ ˈstə-​(ˌ)kōd How to pronounce stuccoed (audio) \ adjective

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Toothbrushes were used to scrub the mud from its exterior so as to avoid damaging the stucco, wood, and adobe. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Glamorous Montecito Ranch Where Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Got Married," 18 June 2019 Yountville was California’s first, established in 1884 on a sprawling, idyllic site that now consists of stucco and red-tile-roof dormitories, a library, a swimming pool and a golf course. Matt Stevens And Dave Philipps, New York Times, "Gunman and 3 Hostages Found Dead at California Veterans Home," 9 Mar. 2018 Admire the exquisite artistry of the fountain in Nejjarine Square, covered in mosaics and intricate stucco reliefs; and visit the shrine of Moulay Idriss II, the founder of Fez. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Inside, fearsome stucco masks adorn what was once a temple atop the structure. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 The khachkar would have shimmered as light and shadow played on its lace-like surface, making the deep-carved stone appear as opulent as the woodwork and stucco of great palaces. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, "Between Two Empires," 17 Jan. 2019 Common exterior building materials range from brick and stone to stucco and wood siding. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The True Beauty of Craftsman-Style Homes," 14 May 2019 Casa Goliana The beautiful building stands out for its intricate stucco details and bright reddish-pink hue. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 Lush landscaping surrounds the space and continues onto the home, where ivy coats the stucco exterior. Jack Flemming,, "Los Feliz estate owned by former Oprah Winfrey Network head lists with a new look," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of stucco

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stucco

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

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English Language Learners Definition of stucco

: a type of plaster used for decoration or to cover the outside walls of houses


stuc·​co | \ ˈstə-kō How to pronounce stucco (audio) \
plural stuccos or stuccoes

Kids Definition of stucco

: a plaster for coating walls

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