basso

noun

plural bassos or bassi ˈbä-ˌsē How to pronounce basso (audio)
1
: a bass singer
especially : an operatic bass
2
: a low deep voice

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Scored for five voices, five unspecified instrumental parts and basso continuo, the music is reverent and wistful. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 Jackson's basso delivery earns plenty of laughs, and Harkness is affecting as Paul's decline into alcoholism curtails his performing career. David Rooney, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2019 Neyfakh is an adept broadcaster, an authoritative basso who does not trip over his words, even if the scripts’ long sentences might make more sense on the page than in the ear. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 4 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 July 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of basso was circa 1724

Dictionary Entries Near basso

Cite this Entry

“Basso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basso. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

basso

noun

plural bassos or bassi ˈbäs-ˌē How to pronounce basso (audio)
1
: a bass singer
especially : an operatic bass
2
: a low deep voice
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