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tableau vivant

[ta-bloh vee-vahn]
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noun, plural ta·bleaux vi·vants [ta-bloh vee-vahn] /ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃/. French.
  1. tableau(def 3).
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Origin of tableau vivant

literally, living picture
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British Dictionary definitions for tableau vivant

tableau vivant

noun plural tableaux vivants (tablo vivɑ̃)
  1. a representation of a scene, painting, sculpture, etc, by a person or group posed silent and motionless
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Word Origin

C19: literally: living picture
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