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graffito

[gruh-fee-toh] /grəˈfi toʊ/
noun, plural graffiti
[gruh-fee-tee] /grəˈfi ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
2.
a single example of graffiti.
Origin of graffito
See origin at graffiti
Usage note
See graffiti.
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Historical Examples
  • The price of a wreath is given in a graffito as three asses (p. 497).

  • For the wineshop in which the graffito was found, see Mau, Bull.

  • Each bore a stamp on the handle; the smaller had also a graffito on the rim of the bottom made by a succession of little dots.

    Roman Britain in 1914 F. Haverfield
Word Origin and History for graffito
n.

singular of graffiti (q.v.).

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