basso continuo


noun Music.


Nearby words

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

Origin of basso continuo

First recorded in 1665–75

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British Dictionary definitions for basso continuo

basso continuo

noun

another term for thorough bass Often shortened to: continuo

Word Origin for basso continuo

Italian, literally: continuous bass

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