Definitions

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

  • n. The art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.
  • n. A painting executed in this way.
  • transitive v. To paint in fresco.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In painting, the technique of applying water-based pigment to wet or fresh lime mortar or plaster.
  • n. A painting made using this technique.
  • v. To paint using fresco

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cool, refreshing state of the air; duskiness; coolness; shade.
  • n.
  • n. The art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries.
  • n. In modern parlance, incorrectly applied to painting on plaster in any manner.
  • n. A painting on plaster in either of senses a and b.
  • transitive v. To paint in fresco, as walls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Coolness; a cool, refreshing state of the air; shade. See al fresco.
  • n. A method of painting on walls covered with a ground or coat of plaster or mortar, with which the colors become permanently incorporated if properly chosen and applied; also, a picture or design so painted.
  • To paint in fresco, as a wall.

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

  • n. a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
  • v. paint onto wet plaster on a wall
  • n. a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster

Etymologies

Italian, fresh (plaster), of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian fresco. (Wiktionary)

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