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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


  1. Hamilton,1904–64, U.S. journalist and novelist.
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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 basso

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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