[ bask ]
/ bæsk /


one of a people of unknown origin inhabiting the western Pyrenees regions in France and Spain.
their language, not known to be related to any other language.
(lowercase) a close-fitting bodice, sometimes having an extension that covers the hips.
(lowercase) the extension of this bodice or of a doublet.


of or relating to the Basques or their language. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for basque (1 of 2)

/ (bæsk, bɑːsk) /


a short extension below the waist to the bodice of a woman's jacket, etc
a tight-fitting bodice for women

Word Origin for basque

C19: perhaps from Basque

British Dictionary definitions for basque (2 of 2)

/ (bæsk, bɑːsk) /


a member of a people of unknown origin living around the W Pyrenees in France and Spain
the language of this people, of no known relationship with any other language


relating to, denoting, or characteristic of this people or their language

Word Origin for Basque

C19: from French, from Latin Vascō a Basque
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