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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]
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]
Tableaua group of persons and props used to produce a picturesque effect, 1813.
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|Noun||1.||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|