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.
A vivid or graphic description.
The movie was a tableau of a soldier's life.
A striking incidental scene, as of a picturesque group of people.
An interlude during a scene when all the performers on stage freeze in position and then resume action as before.
A tableau vivant.
A striking, dramatic scene or picture.
Origin of tableau
French from Old French tablel diminutive of table surface prepared for painting table