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tableau vivant

[ta-bloh vee-vahn] /ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃/
noun, plural tableaux vivants
[ta-bloh vee-vahn] /ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
tableau (def 3).
Origin of tableau vivant
literally, living picture Unabridged
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  • Behold, reader, the tableau vivant to which we would call your attention!

  • It is not a piece, it is a 'tableau vivant', 'The judgment of Paris.'

  • Who would believe that I once posed as the Discobulus in a tableau vivant?

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • Through his brain danced a tableau vivant of the scene in the wood.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • In 1456, the Adoration of the Lamb was reproduced as a tableau vivant by the chamber of rhetoric at Ghent.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • Music for a tableau vivant: Montenegro at the moment of receiving the news of war between Russia and Turkey.

  • As he lay with his face to the foe, the tableau vivant met his gaze the instant he opened his eyes.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • One can never hope to surpass the illusionary appearance of a tableau vivant.

  • By way of a climax the last number on the programme should be illustrated by a tableau vivant.

    The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for tableau vivant

tableau vivant

/tablo vivɑ̃/
noun (pl) tableaux vivants (tablo vivɑ̃)
a representation of a scene, painting, sculpture, etc, by a person or group posed silent and motionless
Word Origin
C19: literally: living picture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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