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or al fresco

[al-fres-koh] /ælˈfrɛs koʊ/
out-of-doors; in the open air:
to dine alfresco.
an alfresco café.
Origin of alfresco
1745-55; < Italian: in the cool, in a cool place. See fresco Unabridged
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  • Then I'm with you, Bagshaw, with all my heart,—and it shall be al fresco.

  • "Dorrie and I are very fond of these al fresco meals," she observed.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The whole had the appearance of a mid-summer and sylvan Christmas-tree al fresco.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The weather was all that could be desired for an al fresco festival.

  • This al fresco chat was the last of Judge North's "opportunities."

    Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote
  • The Papist was elected, there and then, al fresco, without dissent.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • “Just as if he were a dog,” thought Nic, as he sat down by his father and began his al fresco dinner.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • All were delighted, and the Ladakis, in anticipation of the day of rest, arranged an al fresco feast round a great camp-fire.

  • The days of our pilgrimage are nearing their end, but our enthusiasm for this al fresco life is in no measure abating.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
British Dictionary definitions for al fresco


adjective, adverb
in the open air
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: in the cool
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for al fresco

1753, Italian, literally "in the fresh (air)." Italian al represents a contraction of words from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + ille "that." Alfresco also meant "painted on plaster that was still fresh or moist" (1764; see fresco).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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