basset horn


noun

an alto horn with a soft tone.

QUIZZES

DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!

We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of basset horn

1825–35; <German Bassetthorn<Italian corno di bassetto horn of a somewhat low range. See corn2, basset1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for basset horn

British Dictionary definitions for basset horn

basset horn

noun

an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family

Word Origin for basset horn

C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn
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