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basso profundo

[bas-oh proh-fuhn-doh, -foo n-, pruh-, bah-soh] /ˈbæs oʊ proʊˈfʌn doʊ, -ˈfʊn-, prə-, ˈbɑ soʊ/
noun, plural bassi profundi
[bas-ee proh-fuhn-dee, bah-see] /ˈbæs i proʊˈfʌn di, ˈbɑ si/ (Show IPA)
1.
a singer with a bass voice of the lowest range.
Origin of basso profundo
1855-1860
1855-60; < Italian basso profondo literally, deep bass. See basso, profound
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  • The basso profundo with the keys stood frowning at the paper Singleton had presented.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
  • The same general elements enter into the composition of all voices, from the basso profundo to the high soprano.

  • Caleb fired off his revolver, and Turk bayed his basso profundo full-cry Fox salute.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • These basso profundo sounds, if one could formulate them into words at all, seemed more like "Disgusting fool!"

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • Once he was a famous basso profundo, but now his voice was high and thin, and seemed already fraught with faint aerial music.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for basso profundo

basso profundo

/prəʊˈfʌndəʊ; Italian proˈfundo/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
(esp in operatic solo singing) a singer with a very deep bass voice
Word Origin
Italian, literally: deep bass
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