Definition of mural in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmjʊər(ə)l


  • A painting or other work of art executed directly on a wall: huge murals depicting Norse legends
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    • Saturn is one of the so called Black Paintings - murals Goya painted on the walls of his home near Madrid.
    • She spent much of her time in the school's hallways creating murals on the walls.
    • Painting traditionally was done in tempera in the form of murals on temple walls as well as on cloth and paper.


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  • 1Relating to or resembling a wall: a mural escarpment
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    • Carrà was born in Quargnento in 1881, at the age of twelve he left home to work as a mural decorator first at Valenza Po, and from 1895 in Milan.
    • Italian mural decoration was an appropriate interest for someone who had been brought up in Florence and had achieved international fame excavating the wall decorations of Assyrian palaces.
    • The practice of appropriating mural surfaces for esthetic purposes goes back, after all, in recent art history to the start of the 1940s.
  • 2 Medicine Relating to or occurring in the wall of a body cavity or blood vessel: mural thrombosis
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    • Systemic thromboembolism is a common complication of cardiac mural thrombosis.
    • The usual pattern of involvement is focal or diffuse plaques of thickened valvular or mural endocardium.
    • Additionally, mucinous cystadenocarcinomas often have papillary projections and mural nodules that may correlate with areas of malignancy.



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  • I left the San Francisco murals scene a few years later, tired of its supposedly socially-conscious artists backbiting and claim-jumping for grants, feeling that too many muralists only did artwork when a check arrived.
  • They represent part of a conscious celebration of Mesoamerican aesthetics shared with the muralists and other artists working in post-revolutionary Mexico on a nationalist project.
  • I have often heard artists credit their grandparents or parents who were potters or carvers, muralists or weavers, traditional healers, praise singers or storytellers.


late Middle English: from French, from Latin muralis, from murus 'wall'. The adjective was first used in mural crown; later (mid 16th century) the sense 'placed or executed on a wall' arose, reflected in the current noun use (dating from the early 20th century).

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