mural

[ myoor-uhl ]
/ ˈmyʊər əl /

noun

a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.
a greatly enlarged photograph attached directly to a wall.
a wallpaper pattern representing a landscape or the like, often with very widely spaced repeats so as to produce the effect of a mural painting on a wall of average size; a trompe l'oeil.

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a wall.
executed on or affixed to a wall: mural inscriptions.
pertaining to any of several astronomical instruments that were affixed to a wall aligned on the plane of a meridian, and were formerly used to measure the altitude of celestial bodies: a mural quadrant; a mural circle.

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Origin of mural

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin mūrālis, equivalent to mūr(us) wall + -ālis-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for mural

mural
/ (ˈmjʊərəl) /

noun

a large painting or picture on a wall

adjective

of or relating to a wall

Derived forms of mural

muralist, noun

Word Origin for mural

C15: from Latin mūrālis, from mūrus wall
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Medical definitions for mural

mural
[ myurəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the wall of any cavity.
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Cultural definitions for mural

mural

A painting, usually large, made directly on a wall.

notes for mural

The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was noted for his production of murals.
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