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.

Origin of fresco

1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
Related formsfres·co·er, fres·co·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frescoed

Contemporary Examples of frescoed

  • The trial proceeds in a frescoed courtroom with the unlikely backdrop of a massive wooden crucifix hanging above the jury.

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Historical Examples of frescoed

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

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • As far up as the clerestory every wall was frescoed, and every timber of the roof was gilded.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Roma was lying on a bed-chair in the frescoed room which had once been the Pope's salon.

  • This last was frescoed in dull red with the white horse-head at intervals.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

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

British Dictionary definitions for frescoed


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 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

frescoed in Culture


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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