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alfresco

[al-fres-koh] /ælˈfrɛs koʊ/
adverb
1.
out-of-doors; in the open air:
to dine alfresco.
adjective
2.
outdoor:
an alfresco café.
Also, al fresco.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Italian: in the cool, in a cool place. See fresco
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British Dictionary definitions for al fresco

alfresco

/ælˈfrɛskəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
in the open air
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: in the cool
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Word Origin and History for al fresco

1753, Italian, literally "in the fresh (air)." Italian al represents a contraction of words from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + ille "that." Alfresco also meant "painted on plaster that was still fresh or moist" (1764; see fresco).

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