tableau

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noun tab·leau \ˈta-ˌblō, ta-ˈblō\

Definition of tableau

plural

tableaux

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tableaus

  1. 1 :  a graphic description or representation :  picture <winsome tableaux of old-fashioned literary days — J. D. Hart>

  2. 2 :  a striking or artistic grouping :  arrangement, scene

  3. 3 [short for tableau vivant (from French, literally, living picture)] :  a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants

Examples of tableau in a sentence

  1. The houses are grouped together in a charming tableau.

Origin and Etymology of tableau

French, from Middle French tablel, diminutive of table, from Old French


First Known Use: 1660



TABLEAU Defined for English Language Learners

tableau

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noun tab·leau \ˈta-ˌblō, ta-ˈblō\

Definition of tableau for English Language Learners

  • : a view or sight that looks like a picture

  • : a scene that typically shows an event in history or literature and that is created on a stage by a group of people who are dressed in costumes and who do not speak or move


TABLEAU Defined for Kids

tableau

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noun tab·leau \ˈta-ˌblō\

Definition of tableau for Students

plural

tableaux

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tableaus

\-ˌlōz\
  1. :  a scene or event shown by a group of persons who remain still and silent


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