Definition of tableau vivant in English:

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tableau vivant

Pronunciation: /ˌtabləʊ ˈviːvɒ̃/
/tablo vivɑ̃/

noun (plural tableaux vivants pronounced same)

A silent and motionless group of people arranged to represent a scene or incident.
Example sentences
  • One of the most obviously formal of these was the ceremony of the royal entry, in which allegorical pageants, tableaux vivants, verse, and music combined to welcome a sovereign or royal spouse into the capital or major city of the realm.
  • The arrangement of her family is much like the arrangement of a tableau vivant, an arrangement of life fixed in place.
  • He was represented by four works, including several tableaux vivants populated by friends, family, and servants and photographed on his estate.


French, literally 'living picture'.

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