trompe l'oeil

noun, often attributive
\ (ˌ)trȯmp-ˈlȯi How to pronounce trompe l'oeil (audio) , (ˌ)trȯmp-ˈlə-ē How to pronounce trompe l'oeil (audio) , trōⁿp-ˈlœi How to pronounce trompe l'oeil (audio) \

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

Examples of trompe l'oeil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Said announcement came with a photo of Sweeney as Poplin, a look defined by a headscarf, ample freckles, and the same mane of banged and burnished blonde that was clearly more than a trompe l'oeil set moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 7 Mar. 2022 His study, in one of the towers, was inlaid with trompe l'oeil wooden panels showing his prowess in both war and culture. Julia Buckley, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 Down a second-floor hall Frroku painted lake scenes, framed with trompe l'oeil stone arches. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 Don't miss the Sala delle Asse, frescoed as a trompe l'oeil forest by Leonardo himself. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 Bassist Nick Seymour created the illusory bunny-featuring trompe l'oeil album cover during lockdown. Katherine Turman,, 1 June 2021 Filled with antiques from around the world and outfitted with delightful details—like trompe l'oeil murals—the home is moody, elegant, and divinely inviting. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 12 Mar. 2021 Enter Lili Reinhart, and an evening-ready updo that moonlights as a trompe l'oeil chop. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2019 For her part, Smith pushed back her curly mane to ensure attention was focused on her trompe l'oeil trick. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 20 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of trompe l'oeil

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trompe l'oeil

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

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“Trompe l'oeil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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