French from Old French tableldiminutive oftablesurface prepared for paintingtable
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Frenchtableau, from Old French tablel (“a surface which is used primarily for painting").
Tableau Sentence Examples
Dean gave the tableau a wide berth as he continued back to Bird Song, whistling the entire trip.
The Tableau economique, though on account of its dryness and abstract form it met with little general favour, may be considered the principal manifesto of the school.
Sainte-Beuve in his Tableau of 1828 sang the praises of Chenier as an heroic forerunner of the Romantic movement and a precursor of Victor Hugo.
In 1806 and 1807 he delivered a course of lectures at the Athenee on the language and literature of France from the earliest years; and in 1808 at the emperor's request, he prepared his Tableau historique de l'etat et du progres de la littrature francaise depuis 1789 jusqu'd 1808, a book containing some good criticism, though marred by the violent prejudices of its author.
Oncken (Frankfort, 1888); a facsimile reprint of the Tableau economique, from the original MS., was published by the British Economic Association (London, 1895).