Alfresco means outdoors. You can call your casual backyard picnic an alfresco dinner party to make it sound fancier.

An alfresco wedding reception is held outside, as is an alfresco graduation ceremony. Most people use the adjective alfresco to describe a meal, like a picnic or barbecue, that you eat out of doors in fine weather. The word can also be spelled al fresco, which is the way it's written in its native Italian, in which it means "in the fresh air."

Definitions of alfresco
  1. adjective
    in the open air
    “an alfresco lunch”
    synonyms: open-air
    out-of-door, outdoor, outside
    located, suited for, or taking place in the open air
  2. adverb
    outside a building
    synonyms: out of doors, outdoors, outside
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    indoors, inside
    within a building
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