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 (tăb′lō′, tă-blō′)
n. pl. tab·leaux or tab·leaus (tăb′lōz′, tă-blōz′)
1. A vivid or graphic description: The movie was a tableau of a soldier's life.
2. A striking incidental scene, as of a picturesque group of people: "New public figures suddenly abound in the hitherto faceless totalitarian tableaux" (John McLaughlin).
3. An interlude during a scene when all the performers on stage freeze in position and then resume action as before.
4. A tableau vivant.

[French, from Old French tablel, diminutive of table, surface prepared for painting; see table.]


n, pl -leaux (-ləʊ; -ləʊz) or -leaus
1. (Art Terms) same as tableau vivant
2. (Theatre) 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) logic short for semantic tableau
[C17: from French, from Old French tablel a picture, diminutive of table]


(tæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ)

n., pl. tab•leaux (tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz)
1. a picture, as of a scene.
2. a picturesque grouping of people or objects.
3. a representation of a picture, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
[1690–1700; < French: board, picture]


 a group of persons and props used to produce a picturesque effect, 1813.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tableau - a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
2.tableau - any dramatic scene
panorama, vista, view, aspect, scene, prospect - the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"


noun picture, scene, representation, arrangement, spectacle a nativity tableau


[ˈtæbləʊ] N (tableaux or tableaus (pl)) [ˈtæbləʊz] (Art, Theat) → cuadro m (vivo)


n pl <-s or -x> (Art, Theat) → Tableau nt; (fig)Bild nt, → Szene f


[ˈtæbləʊ] n (tableaux (pl)) (Theatre) → quadro vivente
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Such plays and tableaux, such sleigh rides and skating frolics, such pleasant evenings in the old parlor, and now and then such gay little parties at the great house.
Historical pictures replaced by photographs of tableaux vivants formed and arranged by trained actors and artists, and used chiefly for the instruction of children.
The roar of guns, that had not ceased for ten hours, wearied the ear and gave a peculiar significance to the spectacle, as music does to tableaux vivants.
The Third Act seems to be divided,' he said, 'into two Parts or Tableaux.
There were also some tableaux in which Cynthia took part.
And never shall I forget the subsequent tableaux in the lighted room behind the low balcony and the French windows.
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The Ministry of Culture's tableau put up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi has bagged the coveted first prize amongst the 21 tableaux on display at the Rajpath.
Then, with the aid of skillful costumes and lighting and the ability to pose perfectly still, their characters are so deftly woven into the tableaux that part of the fun for the audience is trying to figure out which of the characters is a real person.
In a series of four tableaux spread across two galleries, Messager employed thin metal rods either to impale or to support objects against the wall.