Tableau definitions

tăb'lō', tă-blō'
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 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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A striking, dramatic scene or picture.
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A striking and vivid representation; a picture.
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In solitaire card games, the main area, where random cards can be arranged.
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Origin of tableau

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