Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Drawings or inscriptions made on a wall or other surface, usually so as to be seen by the public.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., found on the walls of ancient sepulchers or ruins, as in the Catacombs, or at Pompeii.
  • noun plural any writings or drawings on a surface in a public place, placed there without authorization of the owner of the object on which it is written. Such graffiti are usually unwelcome, and are considered as form of vandalism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A form of vandalism involving painting text or images in public places.
  • noun A form of art involving painting text or images in public places.
  • noun archaeology, countable Informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions.
  • verb To create such images

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

  • noun a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls

Etymologies

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

[Italian, pl. of graffito; see graffito.]

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From Italian graffiti

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