Definition of trompe l'oeil in English:

trompe l'oeil


  • 1[mass noun] Visual 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. 1.1[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’


French, literally deceives the eye.


trompe l'oeil

/trɒmp ˈlɔɪ/