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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Definitions for alfresco

  1. out-of-doors; in the open air: to dine alfresco.
  2. outdoor: an alfresco café.

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Citations for alfresco
On this glorious day—temperature in the low 70s, blue sky overhead—they join the mobs dining alfresco, watching as the gondolas drift by. Daniel Gross, "Leaving Las Vegas" Slate, October 27, 2007
The mercury rises and suddenly, inexplicably, even the most A.C.-dependent of us clamor to dine alfresco. Robin Raisfeld, "Restaurants: The Secret Gardens," New York, June 24, 1996
Origin of alfresco
1745-1755
Alfresco, also spelled al fresco, comes from the Italian term meaning "in the cool, in a cool place." It entered English in the early 1700s.