Definition of basso profundo in English:

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basso profundo

Pronunciation: /ˌbasō prəˈfəndō/

noun (plural basso profundos or bassi profundi /ˈbäsē prōˈfəndē/)

A bass singer with an exceptionally low range.
Example sentences
  • The towering basso profundo brought a magical tenderness to his opening aria, with cleverly timed political quips and his deep bass lent warmth to the lyrical a capella friendship quartet.
  • I was a trumpet in Army, and the basso profundo in the other two.
  • That turned the tenor of the day into a somewhat confused basso profundo, capable of little more than a hesitant adagio molto.


Mid 19th century: Italian, from basso 'low' + profondo 'deep'.

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Syllabification: bas·so pro·fun·do

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