basset hound

bas·​set hound | \ ˈba-sət- How to pronounce basset hound (audio) \

Definition of basset hound

: any of an old breed of short-legged hunting dogs of French origin having very long ears and a short smooth coat

called also basset

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Also, a cat with an attitude has a mysterious wound and Dr. Petra performs life-saving surgery on a basset hound hit by a car. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday and weekend talk shows, ‘Restaurant: Impossible,’ Apollo 11 moon landing and more," 19 July 2019 From energetic terriers to beloved basset hounds, dogs from almost every breed held the spotlight Friday night at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "NRG Center goes to the dogs at Houston World Series of Dog Shows," 19 July 2019 There will be a special battle of the breeds featuring basset hounds, corgis and wieners. Fox News, "Trump lashes out at media in fiery attack," 30 Aug. 2018 Steven Doppelt, a marketing executive at a cable news station, was devastated when Tyrone, his ailing basset hound died late last year. Judith Newman, New York Times, "Committing to a Dog Is Hard. This Place Lets You Just Flirt.," 4 July 2018 On Sunday, Patricia Howell’s basset hound, Happy, went missing in Granville county. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "Bitcoin Scammers Are Demanding Ransom for Lost Dogs," 25 May 2018 Walter Bloch, head of projects and strategy for Luminos Labs, has two dogs — a basset hound named Trip and a 7-month-old miniature dachshund named JoJo. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 places you can bring your dog around Milwaukee this summer," 16 May 2018 Dave pauses for a long look, then turns to me with the eyes of an orphaned basset hound. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "The strawberry of Dave’s dreams," 2 May 2018 Instead, my dad came home with a basset hound named Gertrude. WSJ, "Dennis Quaid Grew Up in a House That Prized Performing," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of basset hound

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basset hound

French basset, from Middle French, from basset short, from bas low — more at base entry 3

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The first known use of basset hound was in 1851

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English Language Learners Definition of basset hound

: a kind of dog that has short legs and long ears and that is used for hunting

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