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basso profundo

[bas-oh proh-fuhn-doh, -foo n-, pruh-, bah-soh]
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noun, plural bas·si pro·fun·di [bas-ee proh-fuhn-dee, bah-see] /ˈbæs i proʊˈfʌn di, ˈbɑ si/.
  1. a singer with a bass voice of the lowest range.
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Origin of basso profundo

First recorded in 1855–60, basso profundo is from the Italian word basso profondo literally, deep bass. See basso, profound
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Historical Examples

  • There was the uproar to be expected of a basso-profundo banshee in pain.

    Space Platform

    Murray Leinster

  • Disdainful of my mirth he merely muttered his basso-profundo thankfulness that we had not found her anywhere about there.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for basso profundo

basso profundo

noun plural -dos
  1. (esp in operatic solo singing) a singer with a very deep bass voice
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: deep bass
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