basso

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

Definition of basso

1 : a bass singer especially : an operatic bass
2 : a low deep voice

Examples of basso in a Sentence

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, "Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer," 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, "'Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations': Theater Review," 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, "Fiasco Tries to Make Iran-Contra a Teachable Moment," 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, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 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, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 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, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 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, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 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, "Martin Charnin, director and lyricist who brought ‘Annie’ to Broadway, at 84," 14 July 2019

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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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The first known use of basso was circa 1724

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“Basso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basso. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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