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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)


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  • täˈbl�? vēˈvä n; -ˈvänt| |ˌˈtɑˌˈbloʊ vɪˌvɑnt| |ˈtabləʊ ˌvi�?vɒ˜| |tablo vivɑ˜|
    noun ( pl. tableaux vivants pronunc. same) chiefly historical
    a silent and motionless group of people arranged to represent a scene or incident.
    ORIGIN French, literally ‘living picture.’

    December 11, 2006