still life


plural still lifes
: a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects
: the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter

Examples of still life in a Sentence

an exhibit of still lifes She prefers portraiture to still life.
Recent Examples on the Web An animal study merges with still life and landscape to form an eccentric masterwork of inventive painterly naturalism. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 The shows featured his oil paintings of landscapes and still lifes. Lyndi McNulty, Baltimore Sun, 16 Mar. 2024 Working with cinematographer Sophia Olsson, the director arranges his scenes like a painter does a still life. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2024 Second of all, try to get a book done without some discipline — Kim Krans, creator of the Wild Unknown oracle deck series These days, the cards of Animal Spirit can be spotted in still lifes and spiritual flexes all over social media. Simone Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for still life 

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Word History

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of still life was in 1695

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Cite this Entry

“Still life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

still life

plural still lifes
: a picture of an arrangement of objects
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