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[fres-koh] /ˈfrɛs koʊ/
noun, plural frescoes, frescos.
Also called buon fresco, true fresco. the art or technique of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or a limewater mixture.
Compare fresco secco.
a picture or design so painted.
verb (used with object), frescoed, frescoing.
to paint in fresco.
Origin of fresco
1590-1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
Related forms
frescoer, frescoist, noun Unabridged
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  • A huge electrolier dependent from the frescoed ceiling filled the room with light.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • Signorelli's pictures, when not frescoed, are invariably painted with oil.

    Luca Signorelli Maud Cruttwell
  • The frescoed Assumption, in the lunette above the altar, is by Girolamo di Benvenuto.

  • That night there was a tree in the drawing-room that reached to the frescoed ceiling.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • From his woolly crown to the soles of his feet, my Zebra was frescoed in the most brilliant and artistic fashion.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • This last was frescoed in dull red with the white horse-head at intervals.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The frescoed Christ over the door of the church is probably by the same painter.

  • The ceiling was frescoed, and works of art were everywhere to be seen.

    The Wizard of the Sea Roy Rockwood
  • Such is Johann Nicanor Gustaffsen, with his huge strength, frescoed chest, and pasty face with the jolly blue eyes.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for frescoed


noun (pl) -coes, -cos
a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
a painting done in this way
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for frescoed



1590s, in fresco, literally "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from Italian fresco "cool, fresh," from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (see fresh (adj.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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frescoed in Culture

fresco definition

A painting on wet plaster. When the plaster dries, the painting is bonded to the wall. Fresco was a popular method for painting large murals during the Renaissance. The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is a fresco, as are the paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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