Definition of basso in English:



  • A bass voice or vocal part.

    • ‘Both sets obviously highlight Bulgarian basso's hat trick of singing three roles.’
    • ‘The Canadian pianist was a law unto himself, singing as he played in a grumbling basso.’
    • ‘Visitors to his website, which registers more than 2.5 million hits each month, are greeted by his warm basso and offered a heap of health tips, an advice column and the opportunity to shop for health products.’
    • ‘The traditional Puerto Rican group is a trio, made up of a qauttro (an eight-stringed native Puerto Rican instrument similar to a mandolin); a guitarra, or guitar; and a basso, or bass.’
    • ‘While accompanying a visiting Hungarian basso, I turned a page and the next page was missing!’
    • ‘It is a showpiece for the basso's humor and dramatic exaggeration.’
    • ‘‘Give me the phone, give me the phone,’ he insisted in his jowly basso.’
    • ‘He was a stern, vindictive man with piercing dark eyes and a booming basso voice which always made her shudder.’
    • ‘Another highlight of this compilation is the complete song cycle "The Nursery", in which the basso convincingly transforms himself into a little boy!’
    • ‘‘It was the first time she had heard him speak, his deep, basso voice tingling inside her eardrums.’’
    deep, low, sonorous, full, full-bodied, vibrant, rich, clear, ringing, orotund
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Early 18th century: Italian, ‘low’, from Latin bassus ‘short, low’.