graffito

[ gruh-fee-toh ]
/ grəˈfi toʊ /

noun, plural graf·fi·ti [gruh-fee-tee] /grəˈfi ti/.

Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
a single example of graffiti.

Origin of graffito

see origin at graffiti

Usage note

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graffito

  • The price of a wreath is given in a graffito as three asses (p. 497).

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

Word Origin and History for graffito

graffito


n.

singular of graffiti (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper