There are 2 definitions of Basque in English:

Basque

Syllabification: Basque
Pronunciation: /bask
 
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noun

  • 1A member of a people living in the Basque Country of France and Spain. Culturally one of the most distinct groups in Europe, the Basques were largely independent until the 19th century.
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    • In recent years, Basques in both Spain and France have promoted - with some success - the use of their traditional language.
    • They have been joined by three other Spanish groups, the Basques, Galicians and Valencians who also want their languages officially recognised.
    • The Basques, Europe's oldest surviving group, are also the first identifiable people of the peninsula.
  • 2The language of the Basques, which has no known relation to any other language.
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    • These languages include not only Dutch, German, and Scandinavian, Asian, and African languages, but less widely spoken languages such as Basque, Yiddish, and Greek.
    • Whatever their mother tongue: Spanish, Hindi, Finnish, Basque, Walpiri, Quechua, babies acquire it long before they learn to read and write.
    • Etruscan was obviously not an Indo-European language and was unrelated to Basque.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Basques or their language.
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    • In these simple clubs, whose name in the ancient Basque language means ‘corner’, attendance is by invitation only.
    • They sing and improvise in Euskera, the Basque language.
    • The Basque language is extremely difficult and complex.

Origin

from French, from Latin Vasco; compare with Gascon.

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elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 2 definitions of Basque in English:

basque

Syllabification: basque
Pronunciation: /bask
 
/

noun

  • A close-fitting bodice extending from the shoulders to the waist and often with a short continuation below waist level.
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    • She was referring to the picture of me dressed in a basque, stockings, suspenders and a thong that had been circulating on everybody's mobile phone.
    • Shops all over the city have been ransacked for boots, basques, garters, stockings and suspenders and other distinctly racy garments by theatre-goers determined to join in the spirit of the gender-bending theatrical phenomenon.
    • He had hired a crazy wig and wore a slinky black dress, black stockings and a basque.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Basque, referring to Basque dress.

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