al fresco

alfresco

[al-fres-koh]
adverb
1.
out-of-doors; in the open air: to dine alfresco.
adjective
2.
outdoor: an alfresco café.
Also, al fresco.


Origin:
1745–55; < Italian: in the cool, in a cool place. See fresco

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alfresco (ælˈfrɛskəʊ)
 
adj, —adv
in the open air
 
[C18: from Italian: in the cool]

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