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 (băs′ō, bä′sō)
n. pl. bas·sos or bas·si (bä′sē)
1. A bass singer, especially an operatic bass.
2. A part written for a bass instrument.

[Italian, from Medieval Latin bassus, low.]
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n, pl -sos or -si (-sɪ)
(Music, other) (esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice
[C19: from Italian, from Late Latin bassus low; see base2]
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(ˈbæs oʊ, ˈbɑ soʊ)

n., pl. -sos, -si (-sē).
a bass singer, esp. of operatic caliber.
[1810–20; < Italian < Late Latin bassus. See base2]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basso - an adult male singer with the lowest voicebasso - an adult male singer with the lowest voice
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
2.basso - the lowest adult male singing voicebasso - the lowest adult male singing voice
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
basso profundo - a very deep bass voice
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