Definition of Graffito

1. Noun. A rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls.

Exact synonyms: Graffiti
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation

Definition of Graffito

1. n. 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.

Definition of Graffito

1. Noun. (qualifier archaeology and related fields) An informal inscription, as by a worker or vandal. ¹

2. Noun. (rare) A single instance of graffiti in the art/vandalism sense. ¹

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Definition of Graffito

1. an inscription or drawing made on a rock or wall [n -TI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Graffito

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Literary usage of Graffito

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... two earliest representations of the crucifixion (the Palatine graffito does not here come into account), viz., the carved door of Santa Sabina in Rome, ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Chambers, W. and R., publ (1876)
"The graffito is a rude scribbling or scratching with a stylus, or other sharp instrument, on the plaster of a wall, ..."

3. Chambers' Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1874)
"The graffito is a rude scribbling or scratching with a stylus, or other sharp instrument, on 'the plaster of a wall, a pillar, or a door-post. ..."

4. Debris from a Public Dining Place in the Athenian Agora by Susan I. Rotroff, John Howard Oakley (1992)
"397 under Q15:2 for date of context) and in a lengthier graffito on the bottom of a ... Shiny black glaze outside, thin brown inside. graffito ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"A vessel of pottery decorated in graffitograffito decoration, a kind uf decoration executed by covering a surface, as of stucco or plaster, ..."

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