or al fres·co
[ al-fres-koh ]
/ ælˈfrɛs koʊ /
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outdoors; in the open air: to dine alfresco.
outdoor: an alfresco café.
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Origin of alfresco
First recorded in 1710–20; from Italian: “in the cool, in a cool place”; see fresco
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How to use alfresco in a sentence
Dining facilities include al fresco picnic tables and bucolic fields adjacent to the pastures.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows|Jane & Michael Stern|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Grab your favorite blanket and pack up these delicious dishes that are perfect for al fresco dining in the park.A Savory Spring Picnic|Jamie & Bobby Deen|April 19, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"No al fresco dining tonight," said John, as the darkening sky was veined by a sudden spray of blue-green light.The Medici Boots|Pearl Norton Swet
A seat of honour was kept for her at the al fresco banquet, to which Jack gallantly conducted her.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks|Bracebridge Hemyng
Many who were accustomed to restaurants built tables of kerosene cases and dined al fresco.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
This al fresco chat was the last of Judge North's "opportunities."Prisoner for Blasphemy|G. W. [George William] Foote
I hear that you too have been enjoying this new delight of al-fresco music in London.Paris and the Parisians in 1835 (Vol. 2 of 2)|Frances Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for alfresco
/ (ælˈfrɛskəʊ) /
in the open air
Word Origin for alfresco
C18: from Italian: in the cool
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