noun, plural tab·leaux [ta-blohz, tab-lohz] /tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz/, tab·leaus.
- 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.
noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus
- See tableau vivant
- a pause during or at the end of a scene on stage when all the performers briefly freeze in position
- any dramatic group or scene
- logic short for semantic tableau
n.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.”