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basso profundo

[bas-oh proh-fuhn-doh, -foo n-, pruh-, bah-soh] /ˈbæs oʊ proʊˈfʌn doʊ, -ˈfʊn-, prə-, ˈbɑ soʊ/
noun, plural bassi profundi
[bas-ee proh-fuhn-dee, bah-see] /ˈbæs i proʊˈfʌn di, ˈbɑ si/ (Show IPA)
1.
a singer with a bass voice of the lowest range.
Origin of basso profundo
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60, basso profundo is from the Italian word basso profondo literally, deep bass. See basso, profound
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  • Caleb fired off his revolver, and Turk bayed his basso profundo full-cry Fox salute.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Once he was a famous basso profundo, but now his voice was high and thin, and seemed already fraught with faint aerial music.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • The basso profundo with the keys stood frowning at the paper Singleton had presented.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • The same general elements enter into the composition of all voices, from the basso profundo to the high soprano.

  • These basso profundo sounds, if one could formulate them into words at all, seemed more like "Disgusting fool!"

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for basso profundo

basso profundo

/prəʊˈfʌndəʊ; Italian proˈfundo/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
(esp in operatic solo singing) a singer with a very deep bass voice
Word Origin
Italian, literally: deep bass
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