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tab·leau

 (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.]

tableau

(ˈtæbləʊ)
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]

tab•leau

(tæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ)

n., pl. tab•leaux (tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz)
tab•leaus.
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]

Tableau

 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"

tableau

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

tableau

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

tableau

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

tableau

[ˈtæbləʊ] n (tableaux (pl)) (Theatre) → quadro vivente
References in classic literature ?
And we're to have a tableau at the last--`Faith, Hope and Charity.' Diana and Ruby and I are to be in it, all draped in white with flowing hair.
At the back of the estrade, and attached to a moveable partition dividing this schoolroom from another beyond, was a large tableau of wood painted black and varnished; a thick crayon of white chalk lay on my desk for the convenience of elucidating any grammatical or verbal obscurity which might occur in my lessons by writing it upon the tableau; a wet sponge appeared beside the chalk, to enable me to efface the marks when they had served the purpose intended.
But if her conduct and appearance had already somewhat jarred upon their limited and precise sense of the fitness of things, what were they to think of the next little act in this tableau vivant?
Haidee's only reply was to direct her servant by a sign to withdraw the tapestried curtain that hung before the door of her boudoir, the framework of the opening thus made serving as a sort of border to the graceful tableau presented by the young girl's picturesque attitude and appearance.
At sight of this tableau, many of the men in blue sprang from behind their covers and made an ungainly dance of joy.
The carnivore was crouching to spring as Tarzan discovered the tragic tableau. Numa was almost beneath the branch upon which the ape-man stood, naked and unarmed.
The tableau was pretty, but the pose and juxtaposition were too eloquent and evident to require explanation.
It was upon this tableau that Daughtry entered, and, while he admired Michael much under the bright electric light, he realized the situation.
Just the sort of artful tableau vivant to impose on an old lady --was it not?
It needed only the extravagant contrast presented by that gentleman to complete the tableau. Attired in a suit of shining black alpaca, the visitor had evidently prepared himself with some care for a possible interview.
The tableau all waned at last with the pallidness aloft; and once more the Pequod and every soul on her decks were wrapped in a pall.
It was as good as a tableau; in fact, it had all the look of being gotten up for that, though it wasn't.