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[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for alfresco
  • Outside her house sits the barber's chair where her husband offers alfresco haircuts.
  • Tolling church bells and dreamy panoramas from rooftop whirlpool, alfresco restaurant.
  • On many days you'll find that dining alfresco is impossible due to strong, brisk winds blowing across the valley.
  • alfresco-dining is available here, and a live jazz band plays inside the restaurant.
  • Take a picnic lunch and dine alfresco on one of its many benches.
  • The couple dined alfresco on freshly caught seafood.
  • The mirror-mosaic frontage and mismatched alfresco furniture hides an interior that is immaculately styled.
  • But then he started talking about art exhibitions, jazz bands, museums and alfresco dining.
  • Celebrate the season with a festive alfresco buffet.
  • Dining alfresco on the coast usually calls for jackets to stave off the chilly air, especially on shaded patios.
British Dictionary definitions for alfresco


adjective, adverb
in the open air
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: in the cool
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