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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [tab-luh-cher, -choo r]
    • /ˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
    • /ˈtæ.blə.tʃə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tab-luh-cher, -choo r]
    • /ˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/

Definitions of tablature word

  • noun tablature Music. any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played. 1
  • noun tablature a tabular space, surface, or structure. 1
  • noun tablature any of a number of forms of musical notation, esp for playing the lute, consisting of letters and signs indicating rhythm and fingering 0
  • noun tablature an engraved or painted tablet or other flat surface 0
  • noun tablature 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 0
  • noun tablature a flat surface or tablet with an inscription, painting, or design on it 0

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Origin of tablature

First appearance:

before 1565
One of the 32% oldest English words
1565-75; < Middle French, Latinization (influenced by Latin tabula board) of Italian intavolatura, derivative of intavolare to put on a board, score

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Parts of speech for Tablature


tablature popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

tablature usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for tablature

noun tablature

  • music paper — paper ruled or printed with a stave for writing music

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