from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scene presented on stage by costumed actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tableau (group scene resembling a painting).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Same as tableau, n., 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
French : tableau, picture + vivant, living.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, "living picture". (Wiktionary)