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tableau (n.)

1690s, "a picturesque or graphic description or picture," from French tableau "picture, painting" (12c.), 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.," 19c. parlor game, literally "living picture."

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Definitions of tableau from WordNet

tableau (n.)
a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting);
Synonyms: tableau vivant
tableau (n.)
any dramatic scene;
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