trompe l'oeil

noun, often attributive \ (ˌ)trȯmp-ˈlə-ē , trōⁿp-ˈlœi \

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

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Origin and Etymology of trompe l'oeil

French trompe-l'œil, literally, deceives the eye


TROMPE L'OEIL Defined for English Language Learners

trompe l'oeil

noun

Definition of trompe l'oeil for English Language Learners

  • : a style of painting in which things are painted in a way that makes them look like real objects


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