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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
References in classic literature ?
There were also some tableaux in which Cynthia took part.
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.
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.
'The Third Act seems to be divided,' he said, 'into two Parts or Tableaux. I think I can read the writing at the beginning of the Second Part.
Addressing the media here, Defence Ministry official Nampibou Marinmai said that all the 22 tableaux that will roll down at the majestic Rajpath this year with Mahatma Gandhi as the theme.
Our tableaux on folk culture were awarded in 2014 and 2016 but in 2015, they rejected the tableau based on the Kanyashree project for girl children.
In this paper, we confirm conjectures of Laborde-Zubieta on the enumeration of corners in tree-like tableaux and in symmetric tree-like tableaux.
Cette exposition de gouaches comprend trente tableaux. Elle a commence le 8 fevrier.
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D'ailleurs c'etait cela ma reaction, en regardant avec tant d'amour et tant d'admiration les tableaux de la belle peintre marocaine Maria Kermadi.
where the union is over the set of partitions [mu] of r into at most n parts, SSYT([mu],n) is the set of semistandard Young tableaux of shape [mu] and entries no larger than n and SYT([mu]) is the set of standard Young tableaux of shape [mu].