Definition of alla prima in English:

alla prima

adverb

  • Without a preparatory layer of dead colour; without underpainting. Also occasionally as noun: this method of painting.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in London Literary Gazette. From Italian alla prima, lit. ‘at first, at once’ (apparently not recorded earlier as a technical term in painting in Italian) from alla + prima, feminine of primo.

Pronunciation

alla prima

/ˌalə ˈpriːmə//ˌɑːlə ˈpriːmə//ˌalə ˈprʌɪmə/