graffiti vs graffito what difference

what is difference between graffiti and graffito

English

Alternative forms

  • graffito

Etymology

Borrowed from Italian graffiti.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəˈfiːti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹəˈfiti/
  • Rhymes: -iːti

Noun

graffiti (usually uncountable, plural graffiti)

  1. (chiefly uncountable) Drawings or words drawn on a surface in a public place, usually made without authorization.
  2. (archaeology, countable) Informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions.

Usage notes

  • There is no universal singular form to denote a single piece of graffiti. In archaeology, and occasionally elsewhere, graffito is used, reflecting the Italian singular. There is some non-standard usage of graffitus, as though it were Latin (compare focus, plural foci); graffitum, also Latin sounding (though this would technically form the plural *graffita; cf. millennium, plural millennia); and graffiti itself, unmodified.

Synonyms

  • (archaeology): cave painting; epigraphy

Translations

See also

  • sgraffito

Verb

graffiti (third-person singular simple present graffitis, present participle graffitiing, simple past and past participle graffitied)

  1. (transitive) To mark a surface with such images.

Translations

See also

  • graffiti art
  • graffiti artist
  • hip-hop
  • street art
  • tagging

Further reading

  • graffiti on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • graffiti on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons

Danish

Etymology

From Italian graffiti, plural of graffito

Noun

graffiti c (singular definite graffitien, plural indefinite graffiti)

  1. graffiti

Dutch

Etymology

From Italian graffiti, plural of graffito

Noun

graffiti m (plural graffiti or graffiti’s)

  1. graffiti

Finnish

Noun

graffiti

  1. graffiti

Declension


French

Pronunciation

Noun

graffiti m (uncountable)

  1. graffiti

graffiti m (plural graffitis)

  1. graffito

Italian

Noun

graffiti m pl

  1. plural of graffito

Verb

graffiti m

  1. plural of graffito

Anagrams

  • griffati

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Italian graffiti, plural of graffito

Pronunciation

Noun

graffiti m (definite singular graffitien, indefinite plural graffitier, definite plural graffitiene)

  1. graffiti

References

  • “graffiti” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Italian graffiti, plural of graffito

Noun

graffiti m (definite singular graffitien, indefinite plural graffitiar, definite plural graffitiane)

  1. graffiti

References

  • “graffiti” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Polish

Etymology

From English graffiti, from Italian graffiti.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡrafˈfʲi.ti/
  • Hyphenation: gra‧ffi‧ti
  • Rhymes: -iti

Noun

graffiti n (indeclinable)

  1. graffiti (drawings on a surface)
  2. (archaeology) graffiti (informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions)

Related terms

  • (nouns) grafficiarz, graffitoman

Further reading

  • graffiti in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • graffiti in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Spanish

Etymology

From Italian graffiti.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɾaˈfiti/, [ɡɾaˈfi.t̪i]

Noun

graffiti m (plural graffitis)

  1. graffiti

Swedish

Noun

graffiti c

  1. graffiti; a form of vandalism involving painted text or images in public places
  2. graffiti; any graffiti art produced as a result of that act of vandalism

Declension


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Italian graffito.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɡɹəˈfitoʊ/, [ɡɹəˈfiɾoʊ̯]

Noun

graffito (plural graffiti)

  1. (archaeology and related fields) An informal inscription, as by a worker or vandal.
  2. (rare) A single instance of graffiti in the art/vandalism sense.

Synonyms

  • graffitus

Usage notes

Outside of archaeology, graffiti or “a piece of graffiti” is used for the singular. As graffiti is borrowed from a plural form, prescriptivists consider singular use of graffiti incorrect: compare data/datum. The use of “graffiti” in contemporary art is a synonym to “Tags-Throw-ups-Pieces”, TTP in short.

References


Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡrafˈfi.to/
  • Hyphenation: graf‧fì‧to

Noun

graffito m (plural graffiti)

  1. graffiti

Verb

graffito (feminine graffita, masculine plural graffiti, feminine plural graffite)

  1. past participle of graffire

Related terms

  • graffiata
  • graffio

Anagrams

  • goffrati, griffato

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