[ sek-oh; Italian sek-kaw ]

  1. (of notes or passages in a musical score) played and released abruptly and without resonance.

Origin of secco

1850–55; <Italian: dry; see sack3

Words Nearby secco Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use secco in a sentence

  • In reply to your correspondent, I believe sack to be nothing but vino secco, dry wine, probably identical with sherry or madeira.

  • Unfortunately, he is too much given to sacrifice the transparency and depth of his colour by a lavish use of retouching secco.

    Pintoricchio | Evelyn March Phillipps
  • "Xualla" is placed to the west of and near the headwaters of the "secco" or Savannah River.

  • The recitativo secco was accompanied by the harpsichord, at which the composer himself presided.

    The Opera | R.A. Streatfeild
  • In fresco painting no vehicle was used but water; in secco painting a tempera was used composed of white and yolk of egg.

    Giotto | Harry Quilter

British Dictionary definitions for secco


/ (ˈsɛkəʊ) /

nounplural -cos
  1. wall painting done on dried plaster with tempera or pigments ground in limewater: Compare fresco

  2. any wall painting other than true fresco

Origin of secco

C19: from Italian: dry, from Latin siccus

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