Main definitions of bis in English

: bis1BIS2

bis1

adverb

Music
  • (as a direction) again.

    • ‘If a short passage of two or three bars is to be repeated then the phrase itself might be highlighted with a line with square ends lying above the bar and the word bis in the middle of the line.’
    • ‘For short passages of a bar or so,the word Bis is used.’
    • ‘An alternate way to designate the repeat of a two-measure phrase is the use of word bis (meaning twice) centered in brackets over the phrase.’

Origin

Via French and Italian from Latin, literally ‘twice’.

Pronunciation

bis

/bis/

Main definitions of bis in English

: bis1BIS2

BIS2

  • Bank for International Settlements.