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- (esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice
Word Origin for basso
C19: from Italian, from Late Latin bassus low; see base ²
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in various musical terms borrowed from Italian, "bass, a bass voice," from Italian basso, from Late Latin bassus (see bass (adj.)).
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