What does the word tableau mean?

Usage examples for 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. by 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 by 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 by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile