basso profundo


bas·​so pro·​fun·​do ˌba-(ˌ)sō-prə-ˈfən-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce basso profundo (audio)
-ˈfu̇n- How to pronounce basso profundo (audio)
plural basso profundos
: a deep heavy bass voice with an exceptionally low range
also : a person having this voice

Examples of basso profundo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To continue the musical analogy, the Jean-Pierre Large Morgon from Beaujolais adds an earthy basso profundo. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 As the God of Love, Phillip Bullock travels from airy falsetto to basso profundo depths. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2023 Around the communal farmhouse table, guests recount stories over minke whale carpaccio and local reindeer, while the silence outside is punctuated only by the occasional basso profundo of an avalanche beginning to rumble somewhere along the valley. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Dec. 2022 Bogdanov’s low range would make a basso profundo proud. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 Days earlier at practice, no player was out of range of Inserra’s basso profundo voice, which capably battled low-flying jets from nearby O’Hare International Airport for decibel dominance. George Castle, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Surely, that would draw from him a big, basso profundo chuckle. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 Written for chorus and bass, this performance of the Divine Liturgy will feature the Cappella Romana ensemble with the Pacific Youth Choir and basso profundo Glenn Miller under the baton of guest conductor Benedict Sheehan. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2020 With his John Wayne gait, push-broom mustache and basso profundo voice, 6-foot-3 Bruce Bochy cut an imposing figure as a big league manager. Tom Verducci,, 29 Sep. 2019

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Word History


Italian, literally, deep bass

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basso profundo was in 1844

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“Basso profundo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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