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still life

noun,

Simple Definition of still life

  • : a painting, drawing, etc., of a carefully arranged group of objects (such as flowers and fruit); also : the art or activity of making still lifes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of still life

plural still lifes

  1. 1 :  a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects

  2. 2 :  the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter

Examples of still life in a sentence

  1. an exhibit of still lifes

  2. She prefers portraiture to still life.



1695

First Known Use of still life

1695


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