Definition of trompe l'oeil in English:

trompe l'oeil

Line breaks: trompe l'œil
Pronunciation: /trɒmp ˈlɔɪ
 
, tʀɔ̃p lœj/

noun (plural trompe l'oeils pronunc. same)

[mass noun]
  • 1Visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object: look at the pillars and arches around the immense dome—they are trompe l'œil his love of classical trompe l'œil is sometimes a little precious [as modifier]: trompe l'œil architectural details trompe l'œil marble
  • 1.1 [count noun] A painting or design intended to create a visual illusion: she climbed up to paint a trompe l'œil over the brackets as camouflage

Origin

French, literally 'deceives the eye'.

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