noun, plural tab·leaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz] /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/, tab·leaus.
- table wine,
- tableau curtain,
- tableau vivant,
Origin of tableau
Examples from the Web for tableau
A first-rank boulevardier in the 1960s tableau, his wives included one Rita Hayworth.
Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”
The tableau of five candidates on stage at first seemed more like a set of high school stereotypes than a political debate.
Everybody else was screaming; the noise was overwhelming, the tableau so terrifying that my brain locked up.
It contributed to the tableau of grievances inherited by every refugee.
The old Moor turns his head as though he does not understand it; but the tableau in front is too dramatic to be lost.Miss Caprice|St. George Rathborne
There was a tableau set against the gray, lichen-bossed rocks.A Fortnight of Folly|Maurice Thompson
The first tableau of real sublimity, perhaps, occurs in following up a stream called Savage River.
His sudden appearance transformed the debate into a tableau.A King of Tyre|James M. Ludlow
The excitement was intense; the scene, dramatic, as if they were holding their pose for a tableau.Polly the Pagan|Isabel Anderson
noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus
Word Origin for tableau
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."