Definitions for tableautæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ; tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tab•leautæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ; tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz(n.)(pl.)tab•leaux; tab•leaus.

  1. a picture, as of a scene.

  2. a picturesque grouping of people or objects.

  3. a representation of a picture, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.

Origin of tableau:

1690–1700; < F: board, picture

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tableau, tableau vivant(noun)

    a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)

  2. tableau(noun)

    any dramatic scene


  1. tableau(Noun)

    a striking and vivid representation; a picture

  2. tableau(Noun)

    a vivid graphic scene of a group of people arranged as in a painting

  3. Origin: From tableau, from tablel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tableau(noun)

    a striking and vivid representation; a picture

  2. Tableau(noun)

    a representation of some scene by means of persons grouped in the proper manner, placed in appropriate postures, and remaining silent and motionless

Translations for tableau

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a dramatic performance made up of different, usually historical scenes, often performed during a procession

The children performed a historical pageant.

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