Tableaux

/ˈtabləʊ/

Origin

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 Tableaux

Tableaux

noun

  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.
  5. See tableau vivant
  6. a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
  7. any dramatic group or scene
  8. logic short for semantic tableau

dictionary.com

Tableaux

noun

  1. A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.

lexico.com

Tableaux

noun

  1. : a graphic description or representation : picture winsome tableaux of old-fashioned literary days— J. D. Hart
  2. : a striking or artistic grouping : arrangement, scene
  3. : a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants

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Example sentences for Tableaux

  1. In more ways than one, the tableaux have macabre backstories.
  2. The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.
  3. The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.
  4. Jeff Wall grew the size of the photographic print in images that reference 18th-century tableaux in painting.
  5. A craze ran through fashionable circles in the fifties for tableaux vivants, and was taken up by the Simpson household.
  6. And they were gratified, to their heart's content, for the tableaux came!
  7. Its collection of fine paintings and tableaux deserves a special mention.
  8. Hope says it won't take as much time as the play you had last year, so I suggested that we should have some tableaux as well.
  9. It was contended that these sketches infringed the copyright in the pictures from which the tableaux vivants were taken.

Related words & Synonyms

illustration, spectacle, representation, picture, view

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