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Definition of tableau noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tableau

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtæbləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbloʊ//
     
    (pl. tableaux
    BrE BrE//ˈtæbləʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbloʊ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈtæbləʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbloʊz//
     
    )
    Describing art
     
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  1. 1a scene showing, for example, events and people from history, that is presented by a group of actors who do not move or speak The procession included a tableau of the Battle of Hastings. (figurative) She stood at the door observing the peaceful domestic tableau around the fire. See related entries: Describing art
  2. 2a work of art, especially a set of statues, showing a group of people, animals, etc. See related entries: Describing art
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘picture’, figuratively ‘picturesque description’): from French, literally ‘picture’, diminutive of table, from Latin tabula ‘plank, tablet, list’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tableau