[kuh n-tin-yoo-oh]
noun, plural con·tin·u·os. Music.
  1. a keyboard accompanying part consisting originally of a figured bass, which in modern scores is usually realized, and serving to provide or fill out the harmonic texture.

Origin of continuo

1715–25; < Italian: literally, continuous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for continuos

Historical Examples of continuos

  • "Yes, I want you," he repeated, bringing his hand down on his knee with a continuos hammering.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for continuos


noun plural -os
  1. music
    1. a shortened form of basso continuoSee thorough bass
    2. (as modifier)a continuo accompaniment
  2. the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc

Word Origin for continuo

Italian, literally: continuous
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