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adverb
again (used as an enthusiastic call for the repetition of a musical performance).
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Origin of bis

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1810–20; <Italian <Latin; OL duistwice

Other definitions for bis (2 of 3)

bis2
[ bis ]
/ bɪs /

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

Origin of bis

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1350–1400; Middle English <Latin byssusbyssus

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B.I.S.

abbreviation
Bank for International Settlements.
British Information Services.
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British Dictionary definitions for bis (1 of 2)

bis
/ (bɪs) /

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

Word Origin for bis

C19: via Italian from Latin, from Old Latin duis

British Dictionary definitions for bis (2 of 2)

BIS

abbreviation for
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
Bosnia-Herzegovina (international car registration)
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