tableau

[ta-bloh, tab-loh]
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noun, plural tab·leaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz] /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/, tab·leaus.
  1. a picture, as of a scene.
  2. a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
  3. a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
  4. Solitaire. the portion of a layout to which one may add cards according to suit or denomination.

Origin of tableau

1690–1700; < French: board, picture, Middle French tablel, diminutive of table table
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Related Words for tableau

illustration, spectacle, representation, picture, view

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British Dictionary definitions for tableau

tableau

noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus
  1. See tableau vivant
  2. a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
  3. any dramatic group or scene
  4. logic short for semantic tableau

Word Origin for tableau

C17: from French, from Old French tablel a picture, diminutive of table
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Word Origin and History for tableau
n.

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."

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