basso

noun
bas·​so | \ ˈba-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce basso (audio) , ˈbä- How to pronounce basso (audio) \
plural bassos or bassi\ ˈbä-​ˌsē How to pronounce bassi (audio) \

Definition of basso

1 : a bass singer especially : an operatic bass
2 : a low deep voice

Examples of basso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019 His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019 His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019 His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019 His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019 His mother was a secretary, and his father was a basso profondo at the Metropolitan Opera who wanted Martin to become an artist. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, dies at 84," 7 July 2019 His booming voice and basso laugh engaged everyone in range. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem," 27 Nov. 2018 That is, his voice was lighter and more agile than a basso profondo. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, "Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of basso

circa 1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for basso

Italian, from Medieval Latin bassus, from bassus short, low

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The first known use of basso was circa 1724

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Basso.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bassi. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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