- 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, for example) by scratching through a surface layer to reveal a different color underneath.
- Something, such as pottery, 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."