trompe l'oeil[trōnp lë′y']
trompe l'oeil definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a painting, etc. that creates such a strong illusion of reality that the viewer may not at first be sure whether the thing depicted is real or a representation
- an illusion or effect of this kind
Origin: French literally , trick of the eye
trompe l'oeil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. trompe l'oeils
- A style of painting that gives an illusion of photographic reality.
- A painting or effect created in this style.
Origin: French trompe l'œil : trompe, third person sing. present tense of tromper, to deceive + le, the + œil, eye.