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basset

1
[ bas-it ]
/ ˈbæs ɪt /
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noun
one of a breed of hounds having short legs, long body and ears, and usually a black, tan, and white coat.
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Also called basset hound .

Origin of basset

1
First recorded in 1600–10; from French: noun use of adjective basset “of low stature, short,” equivalent to bass- “low” + -et diminutive suffix; see base2,-et)

Other definitions for basset (2 of 3)

basset2
[ bas-it ]
/ ˈbæs ɪt /
Geology, Mining.

noun
an outcrop, as of the edges of strata.
verb (used without object), bas·set·ed, bas·set·ing.
to crop out.

Origin of basset

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First recorded in 1680–90; probably from obsolete French basset “low stool,” noun use of adjective basset; see basset1

Other definitions for basset (3 of 3)

basset3
[ bas-it ]
/ ˈbæs ɪt /

noun
an 18th-century card game similar to faro.

Origin of basset

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First recorded in 1635–45; from French bassette, from Italian bassetta, noun use of feminine of bassetto “somewhat low”; so called because the game is played with low cards; see basset1
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British Dictionary definitions for basset (1 of 2)

basset1
/ (ˈbæsɪt) /

noun
a long low smooth-haired breed of hound with short strong legs and long earsAlso called: basset hound

Word Origin for basset

C17: from French, from basset short, from bas low; see base ²

British Dictionary definitions for basset (2 of 2)

basset2
/ (ˈbæsɪt) /

verb, noun -sets, -seting or -seted
a rare word for outcrop

Word Origin for basset

C17: perhaps from French: low stool, see basset 1
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