graffito

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n graffito a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Graffito is the little-used singular of the much used plural word graffiti.
    • Graffito (Art) Production of decorative designs by scratching them through a surface of layer plaster, glazing, etc., revealing a different-colored ground; also, pottery or ware so decorated; -- chiefly used attributively.
    • Graffito the singular form of graffiti, seldom used.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n graffito In archaeology, an ancient scribbling scratched, painted, or otherwise marked on a wall, column, tablet, or other surface. Graffiti abound on nearly all sites of ancient civilization, particularly those under Roman domination. They comprise more or less rude sketches, names, sentences, and remarks of all kinds, like similar modern scribblings, and are often of much archæological and historical importance.
    • n graffito In art, a scratching or scoring for the production of designs or effects.
    • n graffito A vessel of pottery decorated in graffito.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Graffito graf-fē′to the name given to certain classes of mural inscriptions, such as the scribblings of schoolboys and idlers, found at Pompeii, Rome, and other ancient cities
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. graffio, a scratching
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.—graffiare, to scratch—Low L. graphium, a style.

Usage

In literature:

It is unquestionably an ancient graffito.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
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In news:

Starting next week, a couple of restaurants will be closed Mondays during the winter doldrums: Ryan Braun's Graffito , 102 N Water St, and Stubby's Pub & Grub, 2060 N.
Ryan Braun's Graffito on a winning streak.
At Ryan Braun's Graffito , is served with the classic accompaniment, creamy, al dente saffrom risotto.
ST LOUIS ROAD – "Kill Cops," read a graffito on an overpass support.
A panoramic view of Ryan Braun's Graffito.
Starting next week, a couple of restaurants will be closed Mondays during the winter doldrums: Ryan Braun's Graffito, 102 N Water St, and Stubby 's Pub & Grub, 2060 N.
So goes a graffito in Manhattan's East Village.
Prepared by Executive Chef Joe McCormick from Ryan Braun's Graffito.
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