tableau[ ta-bloh, tab-loh ]SEE DEFINITION OF tableau
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TABLEAU
Power behind the throne, what a tableau: Sumner and Lincoln!
We all stood stock-still for a minute, like folks in a tableau.
Has existence only to unroll a tableau, every detail of which is graven on my heart?
Think of a tableau with Swift, Addison, &c, at Templeton's leve!
Alice cannot forget her part in that Bombay tableau or in those lake promptings.
Dorn returned to find the tableau had suffered an explosion.
I couldn't begin to dig what was being said, but the tableau was unmistakable.
By this a change had taken place in the tableau of figures beside the carriage.
You were acting a tableau I presume just now as you held her in your embrace.
All this was not so much like a succession of events as it was like a tableau.
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."