Simple Definition of trompe l'oeil
: a style of painting in which things are painted in a way that makes them look like real objects
Full Definition of trompe l'oeil
1 : a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also : the use of similar technique in interior decorating
2 : a trompe l'oeil painting or effect
3 : something that misleads or deceives the senses : illusion
Origin of trompe l'oeil
French trompe-l'œil, literally, deceives the eye
First Known Use: 1889
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