plural of graffito.
(used with a plural verb) markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like: These graffiti are evidence of the neighborhood's decline.
(used with a singular verb) such markings as a whole or as constituting a particular group: Not much graffiti appears around here these days.

1850–55; < Italian, plural of graffito incised inscription or design, derivative with -ito -ite2 of graffiare to scratch, perhaps influenced by presumed Latin *graphīre to write; both probably derivative of Latin graphium stylus < Greek grapheîon; cf. graphic, grapho-, graft1

graffitist, noun

In formal speech and writing graffiti takes a plural verb. In less formal contexts it is sometimes considered a mass noun and is used with a singular verb. The singular graffito is found mostly in archaeological and other technical writing. Unabridged


noun, plural graffiti [gruh-fee-tee] .
Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
a single example of graffiti.

see graffiti

See graffiti. Unabridged
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graffiti (ɡræˈfiːtiː)
pl n , sing -to
1.  (sometimes with singular verb) drawings, messages, etc, often obscene, scribbled on the walls of public lavatories, advertising posters, etc
2.  archaeol inscriptions or drawings scratched or carved onto a surface, esp rock or pottery
[C19: graffito from Italian: a little scratch, from graffio, from Latin graphium stylus, from Greek grapheion; see graft1]

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Word Origin & History

1851, for ancient wall inscriptions found in the ruins of Pompeii, from It. graffiti, pl. of graffito "a scribbling," a dim. formation from graffio "a scratch or scribble," from graffiare "to scribble." Sense extended 1877 to recently made crude drawings and scribbling.
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Computing Dictionary

Graffiti definition

Handwriting recognition software for the Newton and Zoomer which recognises symbols that aren't necessarily letters. This gives greater speed and accuracy. It was written by Berkeley Softworks.

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Example sentences
The spark appears to have been the arrest of more than a dozen teenagers last
  week for painting anti-regime graffiti on a wall.
Gang graffiti is one of the best indications of gang territory and which gangs
  are at war with one another.
Alternative free weekly, covering local-interest articles from graffiti artists
  to urban decay to city ordinances.
Several types of bar-code readers make instant sense of these high-tech
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