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

 

continuo

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kənˈtɪnjuəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪnjuoʊ//
 
[uncountable](music, from Italian)
 
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a musical part played to accompany another instrument, in which a line of low notes is shown with figures to represent the higher notes to be played above them a trio for two violins and continuo Word Origin early 18th cent.: Italian basso continuo ‘continuous bass’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: continuo