geographical name
\ bas-ˈter How to pronounce Basse-Terre (audio) , bäs- \

Definition of Basse-Terre

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 island of the French West Indies constituting the western part of Guadeloupe area 364 square miles (946 square kilometers), population 173,000
2 town, port on a channel between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, and capital of Guadeloupe population 12,377


noun (1)
\ (ˈ)bä-¦sku̇r \
plural basse-cours\ (ˈ)bä-​¦sku̇r(z) \

Definition of basse-cour (Entry 2 of 5)

basse danse

noun (2)
\ (ˈ)bäs-¦däⁿs \
plural basses danses\ (ˈ)bäs-​¦däⁿs , -​¦däⁿ-​səz \

Definition of basse danse (Entry 3 of 5)

: a stately 15th century court dance that was ancestor to the minuet


adjective (1)
\ (ˈ)bä-¦slēs \

Definition of basse-lisse (Entry 4 of 5)


adjective (2)
\ (ˈ)bä-¦stī \

Definition of basse-taille (Entry 5 of 5)

: having a background carved in low relief used of an enameling technique in which translucent enamels are applied over such a background or of objects enameled by this methoda baisse-taille silver brooch

History and Etymology for Basse-Terre

Noun (1)

French, from Middle French basse-court

Noun (2)

French basse-danse, danse basse, literally, low dance

Adjective (1)

French, from basse low (feminine of bas) + lisse warp

Adjective (2)

French, literally, a low cutting, from basse (feminine of bas low) + taille act of cutting (tax)

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“Basse-Terre.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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