Part of speech: noun

A picture- like scene represented by silent and motionless persons.

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Usage examples "tableau":

  1. They bring a small packet of mail, and on the way Gleason has made himself very interesting to Webb, and has easily gathered from that simple- minded gentleman that there was an awkward tableau at Truscott's when he went there to say good- by. - "Marion's Faith.", Charles King.
  2. Daisy stood thinking about it while she saw Nora dressed, and then ran into the drawing- room to take the effect of the tableau. - "Melbourne House", Elizabeth Wetherell.
  3. Then just as the orderly was at work, the end came for both in a shrapnel shell, and the tableau remains, horribly, terribly like a tableau at some amateur theatricals. - "Men, Women and Guns", H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile.