tableau

[ ta-bloh, tab-loh ]
/ tæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ /

noun, plural tab·leaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz], /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/, tab·leaus.

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.

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Origin of tableau

1690–1700; <French: board, picture, Middle French tablel, diminutive of tabletable
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British Dictionary definitions for tableau

tableau
/ (ˈtæbləʊ) /

noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus

a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
any dramatic group or scene
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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