trompe l'oeil

[French trawnp lœ-yuh; English trawmp ley, loi]
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  1. visual deception, especially in paintings, in which objects are rendered in extremely fine detail emphasizing the illusion of tactile and spatial qualities.
  2. a painting, mural, or panel of wallpaper designed to create such an effect.

Origin of trompe l'oeil

1895–1900; < French: literally, (it) fools the eye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for trompe l'oeil

backdrop, location, scenery, set, setting, stage

British Dictionary definitions for trompe l'oeil

trompe l'oeil

noun plural trompe l'oeils (trɔ̃p lœj)
  1. a painting or decoration giving a convincing illusion of reality
  2. an effect of this kind

Word Origin for trompe l'oeil

from French, literally: deception of the eye
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Word Origin and History for trompe l'oeil

1889, French, literally "deceives the eye."

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