- a picture, as of a scene.
- a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
- a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
- Solitaire. the portion of a layout to which one may add cards according to suit or denomination.
Origin of tableau
Examples from the Web for tableaux
In more ways than one, the tableaux have macabre backstories.Dead and Beautiful: The Art of Taxidermy
April 16, 2014
The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.The Best of 2013’s Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik
December 26, 2013
The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.LIVE SEXXX with Jeff Koons
June 5, 2013
Jeff Wall grew the size of the photographic print in images that reference 18th-century tableaux in painting.The Kings of Kodachrome
February 18, 2010
Another block, and life had again focused itself into tableaux.Erik Dorn
Tableaux and dramatic pantomime in the streets were combined with the processions.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The evening at the school-party was to terminate with some tableaux.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I merely set the stage for the tableaux of the national monuments.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
We are having a reception in the evening, with music and tableaux.More About Peggy
Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Word Origin and History for tableaux
1690s, "a picturesque or graphic description or picture," from French tableau "picture, painting," from Old French table "slab, writing tablet" (see table (n.)) + diminutive suffix -eau, from Latin -ellus. Hence tableau-vivant (1817) "person or persons silent and motionless, enacting a well-known scene, incident, painting, etc.," popular 19c. parlor game, literally "living picture."