- a method of producing a design on ceramics, murals, etc. by incising the outer coating of slip or glaze to reveal a ground of a different color
- such a design
- an object bearing such a design
Origin of sgraffitoItalian ; from sgraffiare, to scratch ; from s-, intensive (; from Classical Latin ex-) + graffiare, to scratch ; from Classical Latin graphium, a writing style ; from Classical Greek graphion ; from graphein: see graphic
- Decoration produced on pottery or ceramic by scratching through a surface of plaster or glazing to reveal a different color underneath.
- Ware decorated in this manner.
Origin of sgraffitoItalian, past participle of sgraffire, to scratch, from sgraffio, a scratch, from sgraffiare, to scratch, from Old Italian : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + graffiare, to scratch; see graffito.
1793 American pie plate by Phillip Durell
(countable and uncountable, plural sgraffiti)
(third-person singular simple present sgraffitos, present participle sgraffitoing, simple past and past participle sgraffitoed)
- To produce a design using this technique.
Borrowed from the Italian, which derives from the Ancient Greek graphein, meaning "to write or scratch."