What does fresco mean?

Definitions for fresco
ˈfrɛs koʊfres·co

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fresconoun

    a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster

  2. frescoverb

    a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster

  3. frescoverb

    paint onto wet plaster on a wall


  1. fresconoun

    In painting, the technique of applying water-based pigment to wet or fresh lime mortar or plaster.

  2. fresconoun

    A painting made using this technique.

  3. frescoverb

    To paint using fresco

  4. Etymology: From fresco.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRESCOnoun

    Etymology: Italian.

    Hellish sprites
    Love more the fresco of the nights. Matthew Prior.

    Here thy well-study’d marbles fix our eye;
    A fading fresco here demands a sigh. Alexander Pope.


  1. fresco

    Fresco is a technique of mural painting that involves applying pigments on freshly laid plaster, usually on wall surfaces or ceilings. The colors dry and set with the plaster, becoming an integral part of the wall. The word "fresco" comes from the Italian term "affresco" which refers to the technique of painting "fresh". This art technique has been used since antiquity and was particularly popular during the Renaissance period in Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frescoadjective

    a cool, refreshing state of the air; duskiness; coolness; shade

  2. Frescoadjective

    the art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries

  3. Frescoadjective

    in modern parlance, incorrectly applied to painting on plaster in any manner

  4. Frescoadjective

    a painting on plaster in either of senses a and b

  5. Frescoverb

    to paint in fresco, as walls

  6. Etymology: [It., fr. fresco fresh; of German origin. See Fresh, a.]


  1. Fresco

    Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment and, with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The word fresco is derived from the Italian adjective fresco meaning "fresh". Fresco may thus be contrasted with secco mural painting techniques, on plasters of lime, earth, or gypsum, or applied to supplement painting in fresco. The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fresco

    fres′kō, n. a painting executed with colours, consisting chiefly of natural earths, upon walls covered with damp freshly-laid plaster.—v.t. to paint in fresco:—pr.p. fres′cōing; pa.p. fres′cōed.adj. Fres′coed.—ns. Fres′coer; Fres′coing; Fres′coist. [It. fresco, fresh.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Fresco

    the art of painting on walls freshly laid with plaster, or which have been damped so as to permit of the colour sinking into the lime; there were two methods, the fresco secco and the fresco buon; in the first the wall was sprinkled with water, and the colours were then worked into the damp surface; in the second process, in which finer and more permanent effects were obtained, the artist worked upon the fresh plaster of the wall (which is laid for him as he proceeds), pouncing or tracing his designs with a stylus; only colours which are natural earths can be employed, as they require to be mixed with lime ere being applied, and are subject to the destroying effect of that substance; as a method of mural decoration it was known to the ancients, and some of the finest specimens are to be seen in the Italian cathedrals of the 14th and 15th centuries; the art is still in vogue, but can only be practised successfully in a dry climate.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fresco is ranked #46219 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fresco surname appeared 461 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fresco.

    70.9% or 327 total occurrences were White.
    20.3% or 94 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.8% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.5% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  2. forces

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fresco in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fresco in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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