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  1. twice.
  2. again (used as an enthusiastic call for the repetition of a musical performance).
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Origin of bis1

1810–20; < Italian < Latin; OL duis twice


  1. a sheer, often embroidered linen, used in the manufacture of altar cloths.
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Also bisso.

Origin of bis2

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin byssus byssus


adjective, noun, plural bis, bi's.
  1. Slang. bisexual.
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Origin of bi

by shortening


  1. Bank for International Settlements.
  2. British Information Services.
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Related Words

over, repeatedly, anew, afresh, anon, encore, newly, bis, recurrently

Examples from the Web for bis

Historical Examples

  • The emblem, with the motto "Bis fracta relinquor," at p. 249.

    Notes and Queries, Number 166, January 1, 1853


  • At once to a murmur of bravos, the applause of gloved hands and a cry of Bis!

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus

  • The word BIS denotes, in all probability, the frequency with which it was to be used daily.

  • Several of them had their coats off, their ties, and even their waistcoats; and they shouted 'bis!'

    On the Eve

    Ivan Turgenev

  • Bis (twice), and coctus (cooked), show that they were twice baked.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

British Dictionary definitions for bis


  1. twice; for a second time (used in musical scores to indicate a part to be repeated)
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sentence substitute
  1. encore! again!
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Word Origin

C19: via Italian from Latin, from Old Latin duis


abbreviation for
  1. Bank for International Settlements: an institution, based in Basel, Switzerland, that accepts deposits, makes loans for national central banks, and assists in offsetting speculative movements of funds between the major currencies; set up in 1930
  2. Bosnia-Herzegovina (international car registration)
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adjective, noun
  1. slang short for bisexual (def. 1), bisexual (def. 6)
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the internet domain name for
  1. Burundi
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the chemical symbol for
  1. bismuth
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Word Origin and History for bis



1956 as a colloquial abbreviation of bisexual.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bis in Medicine


  1. The symbol for the elementbismuth
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bis in Science


  1. The symbol for bismuth.
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