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still life

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noun, plural still lifes.
  1. a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
  2. the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
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Origin of still life

First recorded in 1635–45
Related formsstill-life, adjective
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still life

noun plural still lifes
    1. a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
    2. (as modifier)a still-life painting
  1. the genre of such paintings
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Word Origin and History for still life

n.

1690s, translating Dutch stilleven (17c); see still (adj.) + life (n.).

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