[ta-bloh, tab-loh]
noun, plural tableaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz] , tableaus.
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.

1690–1700; < French: board, picture, Middle French tablel, diminutive of table table Unabridged
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tableau (ˈtæbləʊ)
n , pl -leaux, -leaus
1.  See tableau vivant
2.  a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
3.  any dramatic group or scene
4.  logic short for semantic tableau
[C17: from French, from Old French tablel a picture, diminutive of table]

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Word Origin & History

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. "living picture."
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Example sentences
Perhaps that tableau marks me as hopelessly old-media.
The resulting frozen-in-time tableau has attracted travelers for centuries.
The tableau neatly captured the essence of this city in winter.
Above the entrance, the company sign is a tableau of peeling paint.
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