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Definition of tableau noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈtæbloʊ//
    (pl. tableaux
    , NAmE//ˈtæbloʊz//
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  1. 1a work of art, especially a set of statues, showing a group of people, animals, etc.
  2. 2a scene showing, for example, events and people from history, that is presented by a group of actors who do not move or speak historical tableaux of the Civil War (figurative) She stood at the door observing the peaceful domestic tableau around the fire.
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