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 (tăb′lə-cho͝or′, -chər)
1. An engraved tablet or surface.
2. Music A system of notation using letters, symbols, or other visual cues instead of standard notation to indicate how a musical piece is to be played. For example, guitar or banjo tablature typically consists of a diagram of the strings with finger positions indicated by numerals corresponding to the appropriate frets.

[French, alteration (influenced by Latin tabula, table) of Italian intavolatura, from intavolare, to put on a board : in-, in + tavola, table, board (from Latin tabula).]


1. (Music, other) music any of a number of forms of musical notation, esp for playing the lute, consisting of letters and signs indicating rhythm and fingering
2. (Art Terms) an engraved or painted tablet or other flat surface
[C16: from French, ultimately from Latin tabulātum wooden floor, from tabula a plank]


(ˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played.
[1565–75; < Middle French, perhaps alter. of Italian intavolatura, derivative of intavolare to put on a board, score]


 murals or ceiling paintings, collectively.
Example: a tablature of splendid hues and imposing forms, 1819.
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Noun1.tablature - a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
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