basso

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

Definition of basso 

1 : a bass singer especially : an operatic bass

2 : a low deep voice

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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 Floral top note, high-altitude, but at the same time there’s the basso-continuo note of the forest floor. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 But the audience ached (speaking for myself anyway) for Freedia to take up the mic and join the chorus, sending that fantastic basso profuno voice to the heavens. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Big Freedia conducts a church choir at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 Alessandro Corbelli brought seasoned basso-buffo authority to the manipulative Alfonso. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric revival of Mozart's romantic comedy 'Cosi Fan Tutte' touches the heart," 18 Feb. 2018 While Jackson is known for his sonorous basso speaking voice, the Capital One spot was his first opportunity to truly showcase his vocals. Paula Parisi, Billboard, "Samuel L. Jackson Shows He Can Sing Like a 'Motherf---er' in New Capital One Ad," 19 Aug. 2017 Relyea was like an Old Testament prophet in the saturnine power of his recitatives, lightening his deep dark basso timbre for the evocation of Adam and Eve’s connubial bliss in his duets with Sierra in Part 3. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "A memorable 'Creation' from James Levine at Ravinia," 9 Aug. 2017 Today — some three decades onward — the same basso ostinato is becoming strongly audible for the third time. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Is there really a link between test scores and America’s economic future?," 27 Apr. 2017 First, Summerall, a former Giants kicker with a basso profundo voice, had taken to drinking in the broadcast booth with his partner, Tom Brookshier, and his work had suffered as a result. Rob Weintraub, New York Times, "The Day Vin Scully Didn’t Land That N.F.L. Broadcasting Job," 23 May 2016

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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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