trompe l'oeiltrompe l'oeil
- 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 of trompe l'oeilfrom French trompe-l'oeil, literally , deceives-the-eye
nounpl. trompe l'oeils,
- A style of painting that is intended to give a convincing illusion of reality.
- A painting or effect created in this style.
Origin of trompe l'oeilFrench trompe l'œil trompe third person sing. present tense of tromper to deceive le the œil eye
1784 mural painting on the Pilatushaus, Oberammergau, Germany, by Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792)
(usually uncountable, plural trompe l'oeil or trompe l'oeils) (see usage notes)
- This phrase is sometimes misconstructed as trompe d'Å“il and trompe-d'Å“il, which, literally interpreted in French, means “deceives of eye".
- In French, trompe-l'Å“il is an invariant noun; the same usage is reflected in the plural use of the English trompe l'oeil. Alternatively, trompe l'oeil is treated as a headless noun phrase, to which is suffixed -s to form a regular plural form. Still otherwise, some authors form novel plurals on modified etymological bases, such as the technically correct trompent-l'Å“il (“[they] deceive the eye") and the ultimately mistaken trompe les yeux (“deceives the eyes"); however, such neologistic constructions are vanishingly rare.
From the French trompe-l'Å“il (“trompe l'oeil", literally “deceives the eye"), from trompe (“deceives", the third-person singular indicative simple present form of tromper, “to deceive") + l' (“t'", the prevocalic form of le, “the") + Å“il (“eye").
- Alternative spelling of trompe l'oeil.
- Alternative form of trompe l'oeil.