Definition of al fresco in US English:

al fresco

(also alfresco)

adverb & adjective

  • In the open air.

    as adjective ‘an al fresco luncheon’
    • ‘Outside lush greenery and stripy awnings shade alfresco diners, the perfect place for a leisurely lunch.’
    • ‘Michele enjoys the alfresco dining opportunities in the Mall and wants to see the present requirement of a 2.4m space between the dining tables and business retained.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most impressive is the alfresco restaurant on the roof terrace, which allows diners to enjoy a unique look at Newry while they enjoy their meal.’
    • ‘It would include a revamped central business district foreshore with provisions for alfresco dining, a restaurant on headland overlooking the water, a recreational jetty and a public art or major water feature.’
    • ‘At last we found the outside and sat at Slomensky's for a bit of alfresco lunch.’
    • ‘I have to take Anne to Lady Moor's alfresco luncheon.’
    • ‘Already John's son, Sir George Christie, has handed over the reins to his own son Gus - but not before pioneering an alfresco opera-going experience unique to these islands.’
    • ‘Detailed research should be undertaken into providing a café on a terrace overlooking the Thames - with alfresco refreshments, baby change facilities and disabled access WCs.’
    • ‘A trendy restaurant chain has fallen out of fashion with Chiswick residents after keeping them awake with the noise of alfresco dining and late night rubbish collections.’
    • ‘Commoners slept alfresco, under statues of past Olympic champions.’
    • ‘And given their alfresco setting, they can also combat the mind-numbing monotony and confusion-inducing machinery of indoor strength training.’
    • ‘The roughnecks and hooligans have gone and instead families on a Saturday night dine alfresco on the broad shrub-lined pavements as though they were in Paris.’
    • ‘These shows are just two of an explosion of alfresco theatrical events in parks in and around Toronto this summer, as more and more companies become philosophically, politically and artistically committed to nature.’
    • ‘He concludes that, while we were originally told that the ‘greenhouse effect’ would lead to an alfresco cafe culture in Britain, now the forecast for the twenty-first century is for rain.’
    • ‘Using the freshest asparagus, lobster and strawberries, Scotland's premier chef celebrates the start of summer with the finest ingredients for alfresco eating’
    • ‘Outside in my alfresco office, the chap in the crisp white shirt launched into his sales pitch.’
    • ‘Hot bars, outdoor concerts, alfresco dining - it's the consummate summer-night city’
    • ‘What's more, they are also wowing the American market, the very same America which introduced Britain to the idea of alfresco dining back in the early 60s.’
    • ‘As alfresco dining commences, outdoor celebrations across the United States return, the beverage for which is a product of American ingenuity and sass.’
    • ‘In the event that it's not pouring with rain, try coffee alfresco, from the Police Box Coffee Bar.’
    open air, out-of-doors, outside, exterior, external
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Mid 18th century: Italian, literally ‘in the fresh (air)’.


al fresco

/al ˈfreskō//æl ˈfrɛskoʊ/