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.
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- 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)
I very much enjoy a letter from Joan, which gives me a kind of tableau vivant of you all.
Fresco is only used as an ornament, a sort of background to a scene presenting a tableau vivant of figures in terra-cotta.
Suddenly, triumphant, Aunt Ada cried, "The Soldier's Return!" and the tableau vivant broke up, chattering, heads nodding in confirmation.