Sgraffito Definition

skră-fētō, zgrä-
sgraffiti
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Ware decorated in this manner.
American Heritage
Such a design.
Webster's New World
An object bearing such a design.
Webster's New World
verb
To produce a design using this technique.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Sgraffito

Noun

Singular:
sgraffito
Plural:
sgraffiti

Origin of Sgraffito

  • Italian past participle of sgraffire to scratch from sgraffio a scratch from sgraffiare to scratch from Old Italian s- intensive pref. sforzando graffiare to scratch graffito

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from the Italian, which derives from the Ancient Greek graphein, meaning "to write or scratch."

    From Wiktionary

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