Definition of mural in US English:



  • A painting or other work of art executed directly on a wall.

    • ‘The sixth gallery has a fine collection of Madhubani paintings put up on a mud wall as murals.’
    • ‘You can see some contemporary murals on the walls of the buildings behind.’
    • ‘He has also executed murals in ceramic and glass tiles as well as on wall and ceilings.’
    • ‘The walls of its entryway have murals depicting scenes honoring the Spanish and Mayan heritages.’
    • ‘Saturn is one of the so called Black Paintings - murals Goya painted on the walls of his home near Madrid.’
    • ‘Traditional murals are painted directly onto the wall and so are not at all flexible.’
    • ‘Painting traditionally was done in tempera in the form of murals on temple walls as well as on cloth and paper.’
    • ‘Very few of Klimt's paintings were done on canvases, as he preferred to paint murals.’
    • ‘Throughout the twenties, his fame grew with a number of large murals depicting scenes from Mexican history.’
    • ‘His murals aimed to convert the illiterate and heterogeneous masses to a realization of the miseries and futilities of war.’
    • ‘Impossible to miss from the walls are the vast murals that adorn the sides of buildings in the Protestant and Catholic areas.’
    • ‘This could include both structural and superficial changes, such as the wall murals and graffiti.’
    • ‘Games have been painted on the playgrounds and murals on the walls.’
    • ‘His work, often in the form of large murals, painted in situ, has a hard - edged, modern feel.’
    • ‘She spent much of her time in the school's hallways creating murals on the walls.’
    • ‘His house became a treasure trove and even his attic walls were covered with murals which he created by candlelight.’
    • ‘In the late 1930s he also painted several murals under the auspices of the Federal Art Project.’
    • ‘About fifty murals depicting Narcissus survive from Pompeii alone.’
    • ‘A shaft of sunlight illuminates the room briefly, bringing the bright colours of the murals on the walls into sharp relief.’
    • ‘He repaired the old monastery church and adorned it with murals painted in the fresco technique typical of the time.’


  • 1attributive Of, like, or relating to a wall.

    ‘a mural escarpment’
    • ‘Western classical mural columns were set on both sides of doors.’
    • ‘Woven tapestry is one of the oldest and richest mural arts, and can be traced right back to the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Native North Americans.’
    • ‘Carrà was born in Quargnento in 1881, at the age of twelve he left home to work as a mural decorator first at Valenza Po, and from 1895 in Milan.’
    • ‘He was a signwriter and housepainter by trade, admiring William Morris and Walter Crane and specialising in mural decoration.’
    • ‘A mural stairs leads to a series of small gardens also.’
    • ‘Italian mural decoration was an appropriate interest for someone who had been brought up in Florence and had achieved international fame excavating the wall decorations of Assyrian palaces.’
    • ‘The practice of appropriating mural surfaces for esthetic purposes goes back, after all, in recent art history to the start of the 1940s.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Relating to or occurring in the wall of a body cavity or blood vessel.
      ‘mural thrombosis’
      • ‘The usual pattern of involvement is focal or diffuse plaques of thickened valvular or mural endocardium.’
      • ‘It also predisposes to thrombosis, leucocyte adhesion, and mural smooth muscle proliferation.’
      • ‘The small intestine had a 1.7-cm, firm mural nodule with intact mucosa but showed infiltrative growth into the mesenteric fat.’
      • ‘Additionally, mucinous cystadenocarcinomas often have papillary projections and mural nodules that may correlate with areas of malignancy.’
      • ‘Systemic thromboembolism is a common complication of cardiac mural thrombosis.’


Late Middle English: from French, from Latin muralis, from murus ‘wall’. The adjective was first used in mural crown; later (mid 16th century) the sense ‘placed or executed on a wall’ arose, reflected in the current noun use (dating from the early 20th century).