Definition of basso in English:

basso

Pronunciation /ˈbasō/ /ˈbæsoʊ/

nounbassos, bassi

  • A bass voice or vocal part.

    ‘While accompanying a visiting Hungarian basso, I turned a page and the next page was missing!’
    • ‘Both sets obviously highlight Bulgarian basso's hat trick of singing three roles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another highlight of this compilation is the complete song cycle "The Nursery", in which the basso convincingly transforms himself into a little boy!’
    • ‘It is a showpiece for the basso's humor and dramatic exaggeration.’
    deep, low, sonorous, full, full-bodied, vibrant, rich, clear, ringing, orotund

Origin

Early 18th century Italian, ‘low’, from Latin bassus ‘short, low’.