Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) any dramatic scene
  2. (noun, group) a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)

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Synonyms of Tableau

tableau vivant

Alternate forms of Tableau

Hypernyms: arrangement, aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

Origin of the word Tableau

  1. 1699, "a picturesque or graphic description or picture," from Fr. tableau "picture, painting," from O.Fr. table "slab, writing tablet" (see table) + dim. suffix -eau, from L. -ellus. Hence tableau-vivant (1817) "person or persons silent and motionless, enacting a well-known scene, incident, painting, etc.," popular 19c. parlor game, lit. "livi… more

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