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[myoo r-uh l] /ˈmyʊər əl/
a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.
a greatly enlarged photograph attached directly to a wall.
a wallpaper pattern representing a landscape or the like, often with very widely spaced repeats so as to produce the effect of a mural painting on a wall of average size; a trompe l'oeil.
of, relating to, or resembling a wall.
executed on or affixed to a wall:
mural inscriptions.
pertaining to any of several astronomical instruments that were affixed to a wall aligned on the plane of a meridian, and were formerly used to measure the altitude of celestial bodies:
a mural quadrant; a mural circle.
Origin of mural
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin mūrālis, equivalent to mūr(us) wall + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mural
  • These days one looks for the personality of the artist behind a mural cycle.
  • Have students attach their drawings or models to the mural.
  • The museum restored the mural and it has been on exhibit ever since, even traveling while the museum was renovated.
  • Her newest mural re-creates a dreamscape on a local motel.
  • Today, a mural depicting a jumping elephant is painted on the wall of a building close to where the incident took place.
  • And for all its fervour, this particular mural hides a subversive secret.
  • Use mural paper or a bulletin board to create a local watershed mural.
  • There you can admire stone rings used to calculate astronomical cycles and you can also marvel at the remains of a mural.
  • It would have been really cool to grow the images as one continuous mural.
  • She is immortalized on a stadium mural and has a championship ring.
British Dictionary definitions for mural


a large painting or picture on a wall
of or relating to a wall
Derived Forms
muralist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin mūrālis, from mūrus wall
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Word Origin and History for mural

painting on a wall, 1921, short for mural painting (1850), from mural (adj.) "pertaining to walls" (mid-15c.), from Latin muralis "of a wall," from murus "wall" (Old Latin moiros, moerus), from PIE *mei- "to fix; to build fences or fortifications" (cf. Old English mære "boundary, border, landmark;" Old Norse -mæri "boundary, border-land;" Latin munire "to fortify, protect").

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mural in Medicine

mural mu·ral (myur'əl)
Of or relating to the wall of any cavity.

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mural in Culture

mural definition

A painting, usually large, made directly on a wall.

Note: The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was noted for his production of murals.
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