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[tab-luh-cher, -choo r] /ˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
Music. any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played.
a tabular space, surface, or structure.
1565-75; < Middle French, Latinization (influenced by Latin tabula board) of Italian intavolatura, derivative of intavolare to put on a board, score Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tablature
  • You'll also learn how to read guitar tablature and chord diagrams, along with re-stringing and tuning the guitar.
  • There are no chords to fall back on, no sheet music or guitar tablature to buy.
  • When he would teach you a tune, a jig or a reel or a horn pipe, it was all done in the tablature system.
  • Rare volumes of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music tablature are also important.
British Dictionary definitions for tablature


(music) any of a number of forms of musical notation, esp for playing the lute, consisting of letters and signs indicating rhythm and fingering
an engraved or painted tablet or other flat surface
Word Origin
C16: from French, ultimately from Latin tabulātum wooden floor, from tabula a plank
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Word Origin and History for tablature

type of musical notation for lute or stringed instrument, 1570s, from French tablature (1550s), from Latin tabula "table" (see table (n.)); influenced by Italian tavolatura, from tavolare "to board, plank, enclose with boards."

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tablature in Medicine

tablature tab·la·ture (tāb'lə-chur', -chər)

  1. An engraved tablet or surface.

  2. The cranial bones considered as two laminae separated by the diploe.

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Encyclopedia Article for tablature

system of musical notation based on a player's finger position, as opposed to notes showing rhythm and pitch. Tablatures were used for lute and keyboard music during the Renaissance and Baroque eras

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