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[bas-oh, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw]
noun, plural bas·sos, Italian bas·si [bahs-see] /ˈbɑs si/. Music.
  1. a person who sings bass; a bass.
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Origin of basso

1810–20; < Italian < Late Latin bassus. See base2
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Examples from the Web for bassi

Historical Examples of bassi

  • His name was Bassi, and like myself he had given up the priesthood.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Bassi and his brother, Cicernachio, met with the same fate at Bologna.

    Rule of the Monk

    Giuseppe Garibaldi

  • To these he added many more of bassi relievi, and of ancient statues.

  • For consistency in the text, standardized 'bassirilievi', 'bassi rilievi', and 'bassi relievi' as 'bassi relievi'.

  • There is a fountain in the midst, surrounded with bassi relievi much disfigured.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

British Dictionary definitions for bassi


noun plural -sos or -si (-sɪ)
  1. (esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice
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Word Origin for basso

C19: from Italian, from Late Latin bassus low; see base ²
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Word Origin and History for bassi


in various musical terms borrowed from Italian, "bass, a bass voice," from Italian basso, from Late Latin bassus (see bass (adj.)).

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