Basque

noun

ˈbask How to pronounce Basque (audio)
ˈbäsk
1
: a member of a people inhabiting the western Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay
2
: the language of the Basques of unknown relationship
3
not capitalized : a tight-fitting bodice for women
Basque adjective

Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French, ultimately from Latin Vasco member of a group of ancient peoples inhabiting the present Basque country

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Basque was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Basque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Basque. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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