Al fresco

out-of-doors; in the open air:
to dine alfresco.
an alfresco café.
Contemporary Examples

Grab your favorite blanket and pack up these delicious dishes that are perfect for al fresco dining in the park.
A Savory Spring Picnic Jamie & Bobby Deen April 18, 2011

Historical Examples

Warned by these objections, Cachita and I have agreed to keep our own counsel, and court in this al fresco way.
The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba Walter Goodman

Then I’m with you, Bagshaw, with all my heart,—and it shall be al fresco.
Stories of Comedy Various

The marriage was to be “al fresco,” as the Limone Limerick repeated several times.
They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland

The Papist was elected, there and then, al fresco, without dissent.
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm

“Just as if he were a dog,” thought Nic, as he sat down by his father and began his al fresco dinner.
First in the Field George Manville Fenn

All were delighted, and the Ladakis, in anticipation of the day of rest, arranged an al fresco feast round a great camp-fire.
Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2) Sven Hedin

All sat about the table-cloth, Mr. Perrowne said, “For what we are about to receive,” and the al fresco repast began.
Two Knapsacks John Campbell

The entertainments would be of a most popular character,—weather permitting, al fresco.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10 Various

The—— Pardon me till I build a fire for our al fresco collation, and I my driving history will unfold.
Free Air Sinclair Lewis

adjective, adverb
in the open air

1753, Italian, literally “in the fresh (air).” Italian al represents a contraction of words from Latin ad “to” (see ad-) + ille “that.” Alfresco also meant “painted on plaster that was still fresh or moist” (1764; see fresco).


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