1690–1700; < French: board, picture, Middle French tablel, diminutive of table table (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘picture’, figuratively ‘picturesque description’): from French, literally ‘picture’, diminutive of table (see table). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Tableau
- a picture, as of a scene.
- a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
- a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
- Solitaire. the portion of a layout to which one may add cards according to suit or denomination.
- See tableau vivant
- a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
- any dramatic group or scene
- logic short for semantic tableau
- A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.
- : a graphic description or representation : picture winsome tableaux of old-fashioned literary days— J. D. Hart
- : a striking or artistic grouping : arrangement, scene
- : a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants
Example sentences for Tableau
- A first-rank boulevardier in the 1960s tableau, his wives included one Rita Hayworth.
- Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”
- The tableau of five candidates on stage at first seemed more like a set of high school stereotypes than a political debate.
- Everybody else was screaming; the noise was overwhelming, the tableau so terrifying that my brain locked up.
- It contributed to the tableau of grievances inherited by every refugee.
- The old Moor turns his head as though he does not understand it; but the tableau in front is too dramatic to be lost.
- There was a tableau set against the gray, lichen-bossed rocks.
- The first tableau of real sublimity, perhaps, occurs in following up a stream called Savage River.
- His sudden appearance transformed the debate into a tableau.
- The excitement was intense; the scene, dramatic, as if they were holding their pose for a tableau.
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