bass

1
[ beys ]
/ beɪs /
Music.

adjective

low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range: a bass voice; a bass instrument.
of or relating to the lowest part in harmonic music.

noun

the bass part.
a bass voice, singer, or instrument.

Nearby words

  1. basque provinces,
  2. basque region,
  3. basque shirt,
  4. basques,
  5. basra,
  6. bass clef,
  7. bass drum,
  8. bass fiddle,
  9. bass guitar,
  10. bass horn

Origin of bass

1
1400–50; late Middle English, variant of base2 with ss of basso

Related formsbass·ly, adverbbass·ness, nounbass·y, adjective

bass

2
[ bas ]
/ bæs /

noun, plural (especially collectively) bass, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bass·es.

any of numerous edible, spiny-finned, freshwater or marine fishes of the families Serranidae and Centrarchidae.
(originally) the European perch, Perca fluviatilis.

Origin of bass

2
1375–1425; late Middle English bas, earlier bærs, Old English bærs (with loss of r before s as in ass2, passel, etc.); cognate with Dutch baars, German Barsch, Old Swedish agh-borre

bass

3
[ bas ]
/ bæs /

noun

the basswood or linden.
Botany. bast.

Origin of bass

3
1685–95; variant of bast with unexplained loss of -t

Bass

[ bas ]
/ bæs /

noun

Sam,1851–78, U.S. outlaw: bank and train robber in the West.
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British Dictionary definitions for bass

bass

1
/ (beɪs) /

noun

adjective

relating to or denoting the bassbass pitch; the bass part
denoting the lowest and largest instrument in a familya bass trombone

Word Origin for bass

C15 bas base 1; modern spelling influenced by basso

noun

any of various sea perches, esp Morone labrax, a popular game fish with one large spiny dorsal fin separate from a second smaller oneSee also sea bass, stone bass
the European perchSee perch 2 (def. 1)
any of various predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes, such as Micropterus salmoides, (largemouth bass): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)

Word Origin for bass

C15: changed from base ², influenced by Italian basso low

noun

another name for bast (def. 1)
short for basswood
Also called: fish bass a bast fibre bag for holding an angler's catch

Word Origin for bass

C17: changed from bast

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Word Origin and History for bass
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Culture definitions for bass

bass

[ (bays) ]

The lowest range of the male singing voice. (Compare baritone and tenor.)

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