basset hound


bas·​set hound ˈba-sət- How to pronounce basset hound (audio)
: 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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Examples of basset hound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family’s newest pet joins their basset hound Pearl, French bulldog Penny, Petey the poodle, and the most recent addition to the canine clique is Pebbles. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024 Attendees included the pair's son Charlie, their two basset hounds and David's daughter Coco. Sarah Title, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Animal: Bruno, 2-year-old, 63-pound, male basset hound mix. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 Ree Drummond has lost a beloved member of her family: her basset hound, Walter. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 Charlie, another basset hound who was the subject of a series of books written by the star, died of lymphoma in 2017. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 Then Pepper brought up his 65-pound basset hound. Mandy McLaren, The Courier-Journal, 12 Aug. 2021 The exuberant basset hound that spent most of his life so far in New York is now an island boy. Joe Sills, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 Fasuna is one of the 15 staff members participating in the training and certification process with her basset hound, Mollie. Kaitlin Mikrut, Chicago Tribune, 25 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of basset hound was in 1851

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“Basset hound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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basset hound

bas·​set hound ˈbas-ət- How to pronounce basset hound (audio)
: any of an old French breed of short-legged long-eared hunting dogs

called also basset

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