basset

1
[bas-it]
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Origin of basset

1
1610–20; < French: noun use of adj. basset of low stature (bass- low (see base2) + -et attenuating suffix; see -et)
Also called basset hound.

basset

2
[bas-it]Geology, Mining.
noun
  1. an outcrop, as of the edges of strata.
verb (used without object), bas·set·ed, bas·set·ing.
  1. to crop out.

Origin of basset

2
1680–90; apparently < obsolete French basset low stool, noun use of adj. basset. See basset1

basset

3
[bas-it]
noun
  1. an 18th-century card game similar to faro.

Origin of basset

3
1635–45; < French bassette < 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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Examples from the Web for basset

Historical Examples of basset

  • "Don't let him talk so much," said Basset, in a whisper, to the doctor.

  • "There are many of your opinion on that head," said Basset, with a savage grin.

  • “I would it were,” said Basset, folding his arms beneath his head.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • “And ours were uncommon men—there is all the difference,” retorted Basset.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • O Mistress Basset, could you not compass the same for Blanche?

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for basset

basset

1
noun
  1. 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

basset

2
verb, noun -sets, -seting or -seted
  1. a rare word for outcrop

Word Origin for basset

C17: perhaps from French: low stool, see basset 1
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Word Origin and History for basset
n.

type of short-legged dog, 1610s, from French basset, from Old French bas "low" (see base (adj.)) + diminutive suffix.

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