graffiti PLURAL NOUN (sing. graffito) (treated as sing. or pl. ) unauthorized writing or drawings on a surface in a public place.
VERB write or draw graffiti on.
DERIVATIVES graffitist noun.
USAGE In Italian the word graffiti is a plural noun and its singular form is graffito. In modern English, however, graffiti is generally treated as if it were a mass noun (with a singular verb), similar to a word like writing.
ORIGIN Italian, from graffio 'a scratch' .

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  • graffito — noun (plural graffiti) Etymology: Italian, incised inscription, from graffiare to scratch, probably from grafio stylus, from Latin graphium Date: 1851 an inscription or drawing made on some public surface (as a rock or wall); also a message or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Graffiti terminology — A number of words and phrases have come to describe different styles and aspects of graffiti. Like all slang and colloquialisms, the phrases vary in different cities and countries. The following terminology comes primarily from the United… …   Wikipedia

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