Tableau definition

tăblō, tă-blō
A vivid or graphic description.

The movie was a tableau of a soldier's life.

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A striking incidental scene, as of a picturesque group of people.
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An interlude during a scene when all the performers on stage freeze in position and then resume action as before.
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A tableau vivant.
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In solitaire card games, the main area, where random cards can be arranged.
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The definition of a tableau is memorable and dramatic image or scene.

An example of a tableau is the picture of the firefighters raising the flag on top of the remains of the World Trade Center.

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A striking, dramatic scene or picture.
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A striking and vivid representation; a picture.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tableau
Plural:
tableaus, tableaux

Origin of tableau

  • French from Old French tablel diminutive of table surface prepared for painting table

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French tableau, from Old French tablel (“a surface which is used primarily for painting").

    From Wiktionary