Definition of trompe l'oeil in US English:

trompe l'oeil

nounPlural trompe l'oeils

  • 1Visual illusion in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.

    1. 1.1 A painting or design intended to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object.


French, literally ‘deceives the eye’.


trompe l'oeil

/ˌtrômp ˈloi//ˌtrɔmp ˈlɔɪ/