- a method of notation for guitar or ukulele in which vertical lines represent the strings, horizontal lines represent the frets, and dots on these lines indicate finger placement
- Archaic a flat surface or tablet with an inscription, painting, or design on it
Origin of tablatureFrench ; from Medieval Latin tabulatura ; from tabulatus, tablet ; from Late Latin tabulare, to provide with a table ; from Classical Latin tabula: see table
- An engraved tablet or surface.
- 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.
Origin of tablatureFrench, alteration (influenced by Latin tabula, table) of Italian intavolatura, from intavolare, to put on a board : in-, in + tavola, table, board (from Latin tabula).
French, from Italian tavolare 'set to music'.