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basso

Line breaks: basso
Pronunciation: /ˈbasəʊ
 
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Definition of basso in English:

noun (plural bassos or bassi /-si/)

A bass voice or vocal part.
Example sentences
  • The Canadian pianist was a law unto himself, singing as he played in a grumbling basso.
  • He was a stern, vindictive man with piercing dark eyes and a booming basso voice which always made her shudder.
  • ‘Give me the phone, give me the phone,’ he insisted in his jowly basso.

Origin

early 18th century: Italian, 'low', from Latin bassus 'short, low'.

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