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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At first glance the hotel closely resembled a deserted factory, with narrow, shuttered windows and peeling stucco.
▪ Harvey's own house in Hayle, Cornwall, is an elegant Regency villa with floral swags in stucco over the windows.
▪ He describes a balcony with a balustrade of crumbling stucco, on which sits a struggling jade plant in an earthenware pot.
▪ Originally the cathedral was decorated all over, inside and out, with mosaic, stucco painting and inlay.
▪ Staplegun chicken wire to the walls, slap stucco on top.
▪ The house was a stucco bungalow in the heart of Gullane where the captain lived with his sister.
▪ The walls were stippled with some kind of wartime stucco that had the texture of dried oatmeal.
▪ Unlike its neighbours which were built of local stone, the vicarage had been encased in grey stucco early in its life.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stucco \Stuc"co\, n.; pl. Stuccoes, Stuccos. [It., fr. OHG. stucchi a crust, piece, G. st["u]ck piece; akin to AS. stycce. See Stock.]

  1. Plaster of any kind used as a coating for walls, especially, a fine plaster, composed of lime or gypsum with sand and pounded marble, used for internal decorations and fine work.

  2. Work made of stucco; stuccowork.


Stucco \Stuc"co\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuccoed; p. pr. & vb. n. Stuccoing.] To overlay or decorate with stucco, or fine plaster.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fine plaster used as a wall coating, 1590s, from Italian stucco, from a Germanic source (compare Old High German stukki "crust, piece, fragment"), from Proto-Germanic *stukkjam, from PIE root *(s)teu- (1) "to push, stick, knock, beat" (see stock (n.1)). The verb is attested from 1726. Related: Stuccoed; stuccoing.


n. 1 A plaster that is used to coat interior or exterior walls, or used for mouldings. 2 Work made of stucco; stuccowork. vb. (context transitive English) To coat or decorate with stucco.

  1. n. a plaster now made mostly from Portland cement and sand and lime; applied while soft to cover exterior walls or surfaces

  2. v. decorate with stucco work; "stuccoed ceilings"

  3. coat with stucco; "stucco the ceiling"

  4. [also: stuccoes (pl)]


Stucco or render is a material made of aggregates, a binder, and water. Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. Stucco may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials such as metal, concrete, cinder block, or clay brick and adobe.

In English, stucco usually means a coating for the outside of a building, and plaster one for interiors; as described below, the material itself is often little different. But other European languages, importantly including Italian, do not have the same distinction; stucco means plaster in Italian and serves for both. This has led to English often using "stucco" for interior decorative plasterwork in relief, especially in art history and older sources.

Usage examples of "stucco".

The higher he drove, the further they drew back from the street, keeping to the shadows of redwood, eucalyptus, and ailanthus, except for a few corner stuccos, parrot-bright.

The cloisters have entirely disappeared, but a series of round-headed arches, formed of stucco, may conceal a stone arcading similar to that hidden by the Early English facing of the north wall.

Beyond the bright lights of Campus Boul, the night had closed softly on the streets of stucco apartment buildings, in their soft, reflective shades, and the little tile-roofed homes.

He quickened his pace, hopped over the gutter, and waded down the dragging muck in the middle of Rue Douane, keeping clear of the rough shacks and stucco cottages on either side.

The shuttered room remained quite dim, but scattered sunlight bouncing from the jacuzzi threw random patterns of light on the white stucco wall, rather like a movie screen when the film has ended but the projection lamp still burns through random frames of imageless celluloid.

I lowered my head, letting the summer sun beat at my neck, watched my Keds kicking at pebbles, and walked past the doorless and windowless houses, moving toward the cloud-white 1960 Dodge Dart sitting in the driveway of the pink stucco, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, ranch style house -- the only car anywhere on Aurora Drive.

But also many old buildings of stucco or even mudwall, and red tile roofing.

The blocky stucco building was sleazily unassuming, but its customers had included some of the most powerful men and women in the world by their own very private admissions.

Surely, of the third wall thus fancifully erected, our actors should, by ridicule or reason, be withheld from knocking their heads against the stucco.

On it stood a modest early-nineteenth-century villa, to whose sand-yellow stucco clung, half concealed by red-blowing hawthorn, the enamel sign of the ballet school.

Highland Avenue in Hollywood, a two-story stucco monument to bad taste that had somehow escaped every Hollywood beautification project to date.

The brooklet was still there and the old pillared portico, where the stone showed from under the crumbling stucco and the roses had pushed their way through the stone paving and entwined the columns.

In the Roman necropolis, along the Kairwan road, several interesting discoveries were made, among them a hypogeum containing several frescoes in fair preservation, containing curious figures and inscriptions, and also some inscriptions on marble or stucco.

The residential court was enclosed by expensive-looking stucco maisonettes, what the Americans referred to as townhouses, all of them topped with roofs of rounded green tile.

But having been put up back during an era of overdesign, it proved to be sturdier than it looked, with its old stucco eaten at to reveal generations of paint jobs in different beach-town pastels, corroded by salt and petrochemical fogs that flowed in the summers onshore up the sand slopes, on up past Sepulveda, often across the then undeveloped fields, to wrap the San Diego Freeway too.