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TAB • LEAU [ta-bloh, tab-loh] noun, plural: tab·leaux, tab·leaus.

1. a picture, as of a scene.

2. a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.

3. a representation of a picture, statue,  scene, etc., by one or more persons  suitably costumed and posed.

4. Solitaire. the portion of a layout to  which one may add cards according  to suit or denomination.

[ORIGIN: 1690–1700; FRENCH, FROM OLD FRENCH TABLEL, DIMINUTIVE OF TABLE, SURFACE PREPARED FOR PAINTING; SEE TABLE.]