Definition of trompe l'oeil in English:

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trompe l'oeil

Pronunciation: /ˌtrômp ˈloi/

noun (plural trompe l'oeils pronounced same)

1Visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.
1.1A painting or design intended to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object.


French, literally 'deceives the eye'.

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Syllabification: trompe l'oeil

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