tablature

noun
tab·la·ture | \ ˈta-blə-ˌchu̇r , -chər , -ˌtyu̇r , -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of tablature 

: an instrumental notation indicating the string, fret, key, or finger to be used instead of the tone to be sounded

First Known Use of tablature

1574, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tablature

Middle French, from Medieval Latin tabulatus tablet, from Latin tabula

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