Definitions for: Tableau


[n] any dramatic scene
[n] a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)



Webster (1913) Definition: Ta`bleau", n. (Solitaire)
The arrangement, or layout, of cards.


Ta`bleau", n.; pl. Tableaux. [F., dim. fr. L. tabula
a painting. See Table.]
1. A striking and vivid representation; a picture.

2. A representation of some scene by means of persons grouped
in the proper manner, placed in appropriate postures, and
remaining silent and motionless.

Synonyms: tableau vivant

See Also: arrangement, aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

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Famous Quotes Containing Tableau:


The simple tableau is so rich with meaning that whether represented on the mantelpiece or in the mind, it seems suspended, complete unto itself, somewhere in eternity.

-- Lucinda Franks ( -)

The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice. The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find - the goal is always to make more nuance and colors.

-- Cecilia Bartoli (Italian Musician)

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

-- Voltaire (French Writer)

Even on a personal note, my dressing table downstairs is crowded with things, like a mini landscape. It's a city with buildings and towers and roads. There's a pool and a little park. When I move something around it becomes a different tableau.

-- Tony Curtis (American Actor)


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