[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
The museum has re-purposed the mill by recreating tableaux of home and work in
  an industrial community.
Some composed careful tableaux of empty clothing and abandoned dinners.
Scintillating tales, elevated wisdom against rarefied tableaux.
Tonight is red night, and all the window tableaux have something to do with red.
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