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still life

noun, plural still lifes.
1.
a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
2.
the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45
Related forms
still-life, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for still-life

still life

noun (pl) still lifes
1.
  1. a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
  2. (as modifier): a still-life painting
2.
the genre of such paintings
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Word Origin and History for still-life

still life

n.

1690s, translating Dutch stilleven (17c); see still (adj.) + life (n.).

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