Definition of basset in English:

basset

(also basset hound)

noun

  • A sturdy hunting dog of a breed with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears.

    • ‘We had all sorts of dogs from terriers to spaniels and even a French basset hound.’
    • ‘Also, he's beginning to resemble a basset hound.’
    • ‘She groaned inwardly as the basset hound heaved a sigh.’
    • ‘He is both endearing and funny with his basset hound face and jaded accent.’
    • ‘Yet, at 23 kilos, it weighs no more than a small basset hound.’
    • ‘I know, because all my basset hound wants to do is lie on the cool tile floor and chomp on the occasional ice cube.’
    • ‘In my experience, the basset and Rottweilers are great apartment dogs.’
    • ‘Certain images repeat in many of your movies: flocks of birds, biblical quotes, your pet basset hound.’
    • ‘It occurred during a stay at a small hotel with our basset hound.’
    • ‘My Pet Dog was a droopy old basset hound with folds of brown and white fur draped over his snout.’
    • ‘And when her 12-year-old basset hound died - one of her most faithful companions - I could feel her pain; I cried with her.’
    • ‘A family are delighted to be reunited with their black and white basset hound who ran away from her home on Wednesday, March 17.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stroked the short, bristled fur of his basset hound.’
    • ‘He was a rather thin and sickly looking middle-aged man, with a long nose, and that seemingly perpetual look of sadness, much resembling a basset hound's.’
    • ‘Outside her only friend is a basset hound.’
    • ‘The mother told me the directions to the place I needed to be in and with the help of my basset hound I managed to make it though.’
    • ‘The basset hound jumped out of the car and wagged his tail as soon as the door opened, and he trotted happily up to the front door of the house.’
    • ‘Turnip, his basset hound puppy, was pacing around dejectedly with him.’
    • ‘They entered the living room, where she instantly spotted her basset hound laying on the patched, brown couch, and watching TV with his head on his paws.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

basset

/ˈbasɪt/