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
- 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 Tableaux
- In more ways than one, the tableaux have macabre backstories.
- The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.
- The Daily Pic (Venice Biennale Edition): The Romanians give us tableaux vivants of past works from Biennales.
- Jeff Wall grew the size of the photographic print in images that reference 18th-century tableaux in painting.
- A craze ran through fashionable circles in the fifties for tableaux vivants, and was taken up by the Simpson household.
- And they were gratified, to their heart's content, for the tableaux came!
- Its collection of fine paintings and tableaux deserves a special mention.
- 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.
- It was contended that these sketches infringed the copyright in the pictures from which the tableaux vivants were taken.
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