from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In the fresh air; outdoors: dining alfresco.
  • adj. Taking place outdoors; outdoor: an alfresco conference.

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  • adj. Outdoors, open to the atmosphere
  • adv. Outdoors; in fresh air.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the open-air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the open air; out of doors: as, to dine al fresco.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. outside a building
  • adj. in the open air


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Italian al fresco, in the fresh (air) : al, in the (a, to, in from Latin ad; see ad- + il, the from Latin ille; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + fresco, fresh.

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From Italian al ("at the") + fresco ("cool")


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