noun, plural tab·leaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz] /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/, tab·leaus.

  1. a picture, as of a scene.
  2. a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
  3. a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
  4. Solitaire. the portion of a layout to which one may add cards according to suit or denomination.

noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus

  1. See tableau vivant
  2. a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
  3. any dramatic group or scene
  4. logic short for semantic tableau

n.1690s, “a picturesque or graphic description or picture,” from French tableau “picture, painting,” from Old French table “slab, writing tablet” (see table (n.)) + diminutive suffix -eau, from Latin -ellus. Hence tableau-vivant (1817) “person or persons silent and motionless, enacting a well-known scene, incident, painting, etc.,” popular 19c. parlor game, literally “living picture.”

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