- pl. still lifes a painting, drawing, etc. having as its subject an arrangement of inanimate objects, as fruit, bottles, flowers, and books
- such works of art collectively, regarded as a genre, or kind
still lifestill life
nounpl. still lifes
- Representation of usually household objects, such as flowers or food, in painting or photography.
- A painting, picture, or photograph of such objects.
c. 1620 Bouquet of Flowers by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
(plural still lifes)
Children in elementary school are taught that compound words that have the same letter at the end of the first word as the first letter of the second word, retain both unless an impossible three letter combination would result. In that case, use a hyphen, instead. Still-life is often given as an example to those students as the best example of this situation.