Secco meaning

sĕk'ō
The art or an example of painting on dry plaster.
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Of or being a kind of recitative in which the words are sung rapidly to minimal accompaniment, usually just continuo.
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Dry.
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Painting done on dry plaster.
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(art) Dry.

Secco painting, or painting in secco, is painting on dry plaster, as distinguished from fresco painting, on wet or fresh plaster.

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(music) Dry - sparse accompaniment, staccato, without resonance.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of secco

  • Italian from Latin siccus dry
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Italian secco ("dry").
    From Wiktionary