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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Recent Examples on the Web After his tour of duty with the group Crisis Response Canines, the 6-year-old basset hound-lab mix was due to fly home to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Alex Deluca,, 19 July 2021 Also in the home is the couple’s 6-year-old son, MJ; 5-year-old basset hound Henry; and 6-year-old black Labrador, Milo. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 8 Apr. 2021 Her dog, Kimba, a 9½-year-old poodle-basset hound, chases down the balls, too. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2021 The classic Neapolitan pizza is as soft and floppy as a basset hound’s ears. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 So, when the couple came home one night in 2016 to find their basset hound puppy amid a mass of Minnie’s interior fluff, Leslie was devastated. Helen Bond, Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 The only residents of the 6,500-square-foot house are Vigil, his wife Rebecca, and a 7-year-old basset hound mix named Hugo. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, my daughter and I welcomed a living, breathing and barking new family member: Ollie, a 5-month-old black-and-white shelter dog who's part basset hound and part border collie. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2020 Those murderers were almost exclusively members of the wealthy privileged class, in sharp contrast to Columbo, who drove a battered Peugeot 403 and occasionally brought his basset hound, Dog, to crime scenes. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Nov. 2020

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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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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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