tableau vivant

[ ta-bloh vee-vahn ]
/ ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃ /

noun, plural ta·bleaux vi·vants [ta-bloh vee-vahn] /ta bloʊ viˈvɑ̃/. French.


Nearby words

  1. table-hop,
  2. table-rapping,
  3. table-turning,
  4. tableau,
  5. tableau curtain,
  6. tablecloth,
  7. tableful,
  8. tableland,
  9. tableside,
  10. tablespoon

Origin of tableau vivant

literally, living picture

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British Dictionary definitions for tableau vivant

tableau vivant

/ French (tablo vivɑ̃) /

noun plural tableaux vivants (tablo vivɑ̃)

a representation of a scene, painting, sculpture, etc, by a person or group posed silent and motionless

Word Origin for tableau vivant

C19: literally: living picture

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