[bas-oh, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw]

noun, plural bas·sos, Italian bas·si [bahs-see] /ˈbɑs si/. Music.

a person who sings bass; a bass.

Nearby words

  1. basseterre,
  2. bassinet,
  3. bassini's operation,
  4. bassist,
  5. bassly,
  6. basso cantante,
  7. basso continuo,
  8. basso profundo,
  9. basso rilievo,
  10. basso-relievo

Origin of basso

1810–20; < Italian < Late Latin bassus. See base2




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British Dictionary definitions for basso


noun plural -sos or -si (-sɪ)

(esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice

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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