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:


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

-- Voltaire (French Writer)

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)

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)

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 ( -)


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