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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)
a singer with a bass voice of the lowest range.
Origin of basso profundo
1855-60; < Italian basso profondo literally, deep bass. See basso, profound Unabridged
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  • Disdainful of my mirth he merely muttered his basso-profundo thankfulness that we had not found her anywhere about there.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • There was the uproar to be expected of a basso-profundo banshee in pain.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for basso-profundo

basso profundo

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