basset

1
[ bas-it ]
/ ˈbæs ɪt /

noun

one of a breed of hounds having short legs, long body and ears, and usually a black, tan, and white coat.

Nearby words

  1. bassein,
  2. bassen-kornzweig syndrome,
  3. bassenthwaite,
  4. basses-alpes,
  5. basses-pyrénées,
  6. basset horn,
  7. basset hound,
  8. basset table,
  9. basseterre,
  10. bassinet

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 ]
/ 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

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

basset

3
[ bas-it ]
/ ˈbæs ɪt /

noun

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for basset


British Dictionary definitions for basset

basset

1
/ (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

verb, noun -sets, -seting or -seted

a rare word for outcrop

Word Origin for basset

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for basset

basset

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper