tableau vivant[tȧ blō vē vän′]
a representation of a scene, picture, etc. by a person or group in costume, posing silently without moving
Origin of tableau vivantFrench living tableau
nounpl. tab·leaux vi·vants
A scene presented on stage by actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture.
Origin of tableau vivantFrench : tableau, picture + vivant, living.
(plural tableaux vivants)
- (art) A tableau (group scene resembling a painting).
French, "living picture".