[ foh-toh-ree-uh-liz-uhm ]

noun(sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a style of painting flourishing in the 1970s, especially in the U.S., England, and France, and depicting commonplace scenes or ordinary people, with a meticulously detailed realism, flat images, and barely discernible brushwork that suggests and often is based on or incorporates an actual photograph.

Origin of photorealism

First recorded in 1960–65; photo- + realism
  • Sometimes photo realism .

Other words from photorealism

  • pho·to·re·al·ist, noun, adjective
  • pho·to·re·al·is·tic, adjective

Words Nearby photorealism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use photorealism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for photorealism


/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈrɪəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. a style of painting and sculpture that depicts esp commonplace urban images with meticulously accurate detail

Derived forms of photorealism

  • photorealist, noun, adjective

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