Definition of bass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//beɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪs//
    People in the music world, Reading music
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  1. 1[uncountable] the lowest tone or part in music, for instruments or voices He always plays his stereo with the bass turned right up. He sings bass. a pounding bass line compare treble see also drum and bass See related entries: People in the music world, Reading music
  2. 2[countable] a man’s singing voice with a low range; a man with a bass voice compare alto, baritone, tenor
  3. 3[singular] a musical part that is written for a bass voice
  4. 4 (also bass guitar) [countable] an electric guitar that plays very low notes a bass player bass and drums Eilís Phillips on (= playing) bass
  5. 5 [countable] = double bass
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: alteration of the adjective base.Extra examples Don has agreed to sing bass. He answered my question in a surprisingly deep bass. He sings bass in our local choir. The church organist may improvise on a ground bass. the abandonment in the late 18th century of figured bass in favour of completely written out orchestral scores
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bass