ˈbask How to pronounce Basque (audio)
: a member of a people inhabiting the western Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay
: the language of the Basques of unknown relationship
not capitalized : a tight-fitting bodice for women
Basque adjective

Examples of Basque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The data behind the FAO report, and others like it, answers the wrong question, says ecologist Pablo Manzano, a fellow and rangeland expert at Spain’s Basque Centre for Climate Change. Michael Benanav, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2024 Outdoor enthusiasts will also find plenty to do in Spain, including exploring the hiking trails of the Pyrenees, surfing the northern coast of Basque Country, and kiteboarding in Tarifa. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Asturias is one of four regions along Spain's north coast, from Galicia in the west to the Basque Country in the east. Paul Richardson, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 The 60-year-old building on Basque Avenue, designated a local landmark in 2018 and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2019, closed as a library branch in 2013 due to a variety of issues, most notably a lack of funding. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, 9 Apr. 2024 This relationship was reflected in the emotional celebrations of the Williams brothers, Iñaki and Nico, who were born in the Basque Country to Ghanaian parents and have experienced the highs and lows – but mostly lows – of playing for Athletic Club together. Matias Grez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 Intermediate surfers can also head to the neighboring town of Saint Jean de Luz to ride out one of the French Basque’s rare point breaks at Lafitenia beach. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2024 Elsewhere, Ecuador faltered against Italy and Uruguay really fell flat on their previous good form with defeat to the Ivory Coast and a draw in the Basque Country. Joseph O'Sullivan, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Despite a population of just under 2.2 million people, according to the Basque Statistics Office, the region is home to 23 Michelin star restaurants, including four with three stars. Jack Bantock, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History


French, from Middle French, ultimately from Latin Vasco member of a group of ancient peoples inhabiting the present Basque country

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Basque was in 1653

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“Basque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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