Definition of basset hound in English:

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basset hound

Pronunciation: /ˈbasət hound/


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A sturdy hunting dog of a breed with a long body, short legs, and big ears.
Example sentences
  • In my experience, the basset and Rottweilers are great apartment dogs.
  • He stroked the short, bristled fur of his basset hound.
  • The girl, who had been drawing her hands down her face in worry, stopped mid-action causing her eyes to droop like those of a basset hound.


Early 17th century: from French, diminutive of bas 'low', from medieval Latin bassus 'short'.

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Syllabification: bas·set hound

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