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.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TABLEAU

set piece

nounpiece of scenery; formal work of art
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