Basso



a person who sings bass; a bass.
Hamilton, 1904–64, U.S. journalist and novelist.
Contemporary Examples

basso said Alleman had a genetic predisposition for cardiac problems, as both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50s.
The Heart Attack Grill Lives Up to Its Name David Frum February 12, 2013

But for basso (Super 8), keeping a straight face during these scenes was easier said then done.
‘The Kings of Summer’ Stars on Survival Skills, Girls, Becoming Men, and More Anna Klassen May 30, 2013

“He lived a very full life,” said basso, who seemed shaken when reached by phone Monday evening.
The Heart Attack Grill Lives Up to Its Name David Frum February 12, 2013

basso recalled Alleman as a fun-loving man who loved the Heart Attack Grill.
The Heart Attack Grill Lives Up to Its Name David Frum February 12, 2013

Of course basso, Beck, Gingrich, and Palin do differ in their efforts.
Palin’s Unlikely Hero Harvey J. Kaye November 16, 2009

Historical Examples

The basso profundo with the keys stood frowning at the paper Singleton had presented.
The Messenger Elizabeth Robins

But though on that evening a basso did bleat, it may be that he was not bubonic.
The Paliser case Edgar Saltus

This tableau lasted nearly two minutes, with the most complete steadiness, the basso singing an aria.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876 Various

The first three were from the basso Porto—fit inhabitants of the place.
The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti David Christie Murray

In the spandrels of the arch are figures, in basso relievo, of a man with a sword and round shield attacking a dragon.
A Comprehensive History of Norwich A. D. Bayne

noun (pl) -sos, -si (-sɪ)
(esp in operatic or solo singing) a singer with a bass voice

in various musical terms borrowed from Italian, “bass, a bass voice,” from Italian basso, from Late Latin bassus (see bass (adj.)).

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