tab·leau (tăblō′, tă-blō)
n. pl. tab·leaux or tab·leaus (tăblōz′, tă-blōz)
1. A vivid or graphic description: The movie was a tableau of a soldier's life.
2. A striking incidental scene, as of a picturesque group of people: "New public figures suddenly abound in the hitherto faceless totalitarian tableaux" (John McLaughlin).
3. An interlude during a scene when all the performers on stage freeze in position and then resume action as before.
4. A tableau vivant.
[French, from Old French tablel, diminutive of table, surface prepared for painting; see TABLE.]
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