Definition of tablature noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtæblətʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæblətʃər//
(also tab) [uncountable, countable]
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a way of representing musical notes on paper by showing the position of the fingers on a musical instrument rather than the actual notes; an example of this The book contains lyrics and guitar tablatures for over 100 songs. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, probably from Italian tavolatura, from tavolare ‘set to music’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tablature