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n. pl. tab·leaux vi·vants (tă-blō′ vē-väN′)
A scene presented on stage by actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture.
[French : tableau, picture + vivant, living.]
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tableau vivant(tablo vivɑ̃)
n, pl tableaux vivants (tablo vivɑ̃)
(Theatre) a representation of a scene, painting, sculpture, etc, by a person or group posed silent and motionless
[C19: literally: living picture]
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tab•leau(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]
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A French phrase meaning living picture, used to mean a silent and motionless group of people posed to portray a famous scene or event.
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|Noun||1.||tableau vivant - 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"
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