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or al fresco

[al-fres-koh] /ælˈfrɛs koʊ/
out-of-doors; in the open air:
to dine alfresco.
an alfresco café.
Origin of alfresco
1745-55; < Italian: in the cool, in a cool place. See fresco Unabridged
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  • Warned by these objections, Cachita and I have agreed to keep our own counsel, and court in this al fresco way.

  • Then I'm with you, Bagshaw, with all my heart,—and it shall be al fresco.

  • The marriage was to be "al fresco," as the Limone Limerick repeated several times.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • The Papist was elected, there and then, al fresco, without dissent.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • “Just as if he were a dog,” thought Nic, as he sat down by his father and began his al fresco dinner.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • All were delighted, and the Ladakis, in anticipation of the day of rest, arranged an al fresco feast round a great camp-fire.

  • All sat about the table-cloth, Mr. Perrowne said, "For what we are about to receive," and the al fresco repast began.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • The entertainments would be of a most popular character,—weather permitting, al fresco.

  • The—— Pardon me till I build a fire for our al fresco collation, and I my driving history will unfold.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for al fresco


adjective, adverb
in the open air
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: in the cool
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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