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tableau

[ta-bloh, tab-loh] /tæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ/
noun, plural tableaux
[ta-blohz, tab-lohz] /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/ (Show IPA),
tableaus.
1.
a picture, as of a scene.
2.
a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
3.
a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
4.
Solitaire. the portion of a layout to which one may add cards according to suit or denomination.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French: board, picture, Middle French tablel, diminutive of table table
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British Dictionary definitions for tableaus

tableau

/ˈtæbləʊ/
noun (pl) -leaux (-ləʊ; -ləʊz), -leaus
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
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French tablel a picture, diminutive of table
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Word Origin and History for tableaus
tableau
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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