one of a people of unknown origin inhabiting the western Pyrenees regions in France and Spain.
their language, not known to be related to any other language.
(lowercase) a close-fitting bodice, sometimes having an extension that covers the hips.
(lowercase) the extension of this bodice or of a doublet.
of or pertaining to the Basques or their language. Unabridged
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basque (bæsk, bɑːsk)
1.  a short extension below the waist to the bodice of a woman's jacket, etc
2.  a tight-fitting bodice for women
[C19: perhaps from Basque]

Basque (bæsk, bɑːsk)
1.  a member of a people of unknown origin living around the W Pyrenees in France and Spain
2.  the language of this people, of no known relationship with any other language
3.  relating to, denoting, or characteristic of this people or their language
[C19: from French, from Latin Vascō a Basque]

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Word Origin & History

1817, from Fr., from Sp. vasco (adj.), from vascon (n.), from L. Vascones (Vasconia was the Roman name for the up-country of the western Pyrenees), said by von Humboldt to originally mean "foresters" but more likely a Latinized version of the people's name for themselves, euskara or eskuara.
"This contains a basic element -sk- which is believed to relate to maritime people or sailors, and which is also found in the name of the Etruscans ...." [Room, "Placenames of the World," 2006]
Earlier adj. in English was Basquish (1610s).
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Example sentences for basque
These basque words are all derived from euskara, the basque name for the basque
There also exists a history of basque culture in chino, california.
The basque language is thought to be a genetic language isolate.
A basque encyclopedia and other cultural and historical funds.
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