Definition of fresco in English:
noun (plural frescoes or frescos)
- Another few decades would pass before Filippino Lippi finished the bottom tier of frescoes left incomplete by Masaccio and Masolino.
- Most of the frescoes on the ceiling are gone, but there are ornate chandeliers.
- The ‘wallpaper’ was frescoes by Paolo Veronese, acclaimed 16th century artist.
- As King notes: ‘The technique of fresco was as simple in conception as it was difficult in execution’, requiring the painter to work quickly on wet plaster before it dried.
- Presumably, stucco decoration was more resistant to steam than fresco.
- And this dining room is the most elegantly pretty in London, a marvellous fondant of gilding, marble and airhead fresco.
- Example sentences
- On this 13-day tour you'll see imperial eagles, Egyptian vultures and Dalmatian pelicans, plus frescoed monasteries, Roman ruins and the monuments of the Thracian horsemen.
- Bormio's other big draw is the town itself - a fading Italian beauty, complete with frescoed churches and tight pedestrian streets, and almost entirely free of tourist tack.
- It took a few seconds for our eyes to adjust from the bright light of the olive groves to the darkly frescoed gloom of the interior.
Late 16th century: Italian, literally 'cool, fresh'. The word was first recorded in English in the phrase in fresco, representing Italian affresco, al fresco 'on the fresh (plaster)'.
Words that rhyme with frescoalfresco, Ionesco
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