still life

noun
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of still life

plural still lifes
1 : a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects
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.

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First Known Use of still life

1695

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STILL LIFE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of still life for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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