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

Examples of basso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mephistopheles, who wears a Patriots uniform, or perhaps a Belichekian hoodie, cackles in his dark basso tones every time a new candidate for the post gets behind center. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2023 Michael’s father, Harold, was a longtime basso with the Metropolitan Opera, who’d urged Joanna, sitting on his lap, to sing stanzas back to him. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 There’s a flicker of ironic recognition in the old man yet, for Shakespeare’s verse still flows elegantly out of Page’s basso instrument. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 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

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Basso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basso. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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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