tableau definition

  • noun:
    • a brilliant or graphic information: the film had been a tableau of a soldier's life.
    • A striking incidental scene, by a picturesque crowd: "brand new community numbers out of the blue abound in hitherto faceless totalitarian tableaux” ( John McLaughlin).
    • An interlude during a scene whenever most of the performers on stage freeze in position then resume action as before.
    • A tableau vivant.
    • A striking and vivid representation; an image.
    • A vivid visual scene of a small grouping of people arranged like in a painting.
    • A striking and brilliant representation; a picture.
    • A representation of some scene through persons grouped inside appropriate way, placed in appropriate positions, and staying quiet and motionless.
    • The arrangement, or layout, of cards.
    • a photo, or a picturesque presentation; especially, in English use, a picturesque grouping of individuals and objects, or of either alone; an income image. See tableau vivant, the following.
    • In French legislation, a table or schedule; a showing; a listing; a statement.
    • any dramatic scene
    • a group of people attractively organized (like in a painting)

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