still life

noun, plural still lifes.

a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.

Origin of still life

First recorded in 1635–45


still-life, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
the genre of such paintings
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