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.]