[bas-oh, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw]
- a person who sings bass; a bass.
Origin of basso
1810–20; < Italian < Late Latin bassus. See base2
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Examples from the Web for bassi
His name was Bassi, and like myself he had given up the priesthood.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Bassi and his brother, Cicernachio, met with the same fate at Bologna.Rule of the Monk
To these he added many more of bassi relievi, and of ancient statues.
For consistency in the text, standardized 'bassirilievi', 'bassi rilievi', and 'bassi relievi' as 'bassi relievi'.
There is a fountain in the midst, surrounded with bassi relievi much disfigured.Pencillings by the Way
N. Parker Willis
- (esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice
C19: from Italian, from Late Latin bassus low; see base ²
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Word Origin and History for bassi
in various musical terms borrowed from Italian, "bass, a bass voice," from Italian basso, from Late Latin bassus (see bass (adj.)).
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