fresco

[fres-koh]

noun, plural fres·coes, fres·cos.

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), fres·coed, fres·co·ing.

to paint in fresco.

Nearby words

  1. frequent,
  2. frequent flier,
  3. frequentation,
  4. frequentative,
  5. frequently,
  6. fresco secco,
  7. frescobaldi,
  8. frescobaldi, girolamo,
  9. fresh,
  10. fresh as a daisy

Origin of fresco

1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)

Related formsfres·co·er, fres·co·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fresco

fresco

noun plural -coes or -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 for fresco

C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for fresco

fresco

n.

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)).

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Culture definitions for fresco

fresco

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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