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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The scenes by P&G Designs feature a centerpiece of stairs and platforms that let head priests Caiaphas (Steve Steiner, basso profundo) and Annas (Adrianne Hick) lord over Jesus and his followers. Hugh Hunter,, 27 June 2018 At 78, Anderson looks and sounds the part of an éminence grise, with an ample white beard and a commanding basso profundo. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, 14 June 2018 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Basso profundo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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