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’
- ‘trompe l'œil architectural details’
- ‘trompe l'œil marble’
- 1.1count 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’
French, literally ‘deceives the eye’.
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