basso profundo

[ bas-oh proh-fuhn-doh, -foo n-, pruh-, bah-soh ]
/ ˈbæs oʊ proʊˈfʌn doʊ, -ˈfʊn-, prə-, ˈbɑ soʊ /
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noun, plural bas·si pro·fun·di [bas-ee proh-fuhn-dee, bah-see] /ˈbæs i proʊˈfʌn di, ˈbɑ si/.

a singer with a bass voice of the lowest range.

Nearby words

  1. bassist,
  2. bassly,
  3. basso,
  4. basso cantante,
  5. basso continuo,
  6. basso rilievo,
  7. basso-relievo,
  8. bassoon,
  9. bassoonist,
  10. basswood

Origin of basso profundo

First recorded in 1855–60, basso profundo is from the Italian word basso profondo literally, deep bass. See basso, profound

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Examples from the Web for basso profundo

  • There was the uproar to be expected of a basso-profundo banshee in pain.

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  • Disdainful of my mirth he merely muttered his basso-profundo thankfulness that we had not found her anywhere about there.

    Chance|Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for basso profundo

basso profundo

/ (prəʊˈfʌndəʊ, Italian proˈfundo) /

noun plural -dos

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

Word Origin for basso profundo

Italian, literally: deep bass

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