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A manner of tuning a stringed instrument; (chiefly) specifically the standard or normal tuning.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Burney (1726–1814), musician and author. From Italian accordatura fact of being tuned in a certain way from accordare to tune (an instrument) (end of the 13th cent.; specific sense development of accordare to be in harmony, to cause (something) to be in harmony with (something else) + -atura.
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