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From Ancient Greek βάσις (básis), or from Oscan or Celtic.



bassus (feminine bassa, neuter bassum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. (Late Latin, Medieval Latin) thick, fat, stumpy, short, low, base


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative bassus bassa bassum bassī bassae bassa
Genitive bassī bassae bassī bassōrum bassārum bassōrum
Dative bassō bassō bassīs
Accusative bassum bassam bassum bassōs bassās bassa
Ablative bassō bassā bassō bassīs
Vocative basse bassa bassum bassī bassae bassa


  • Aragonese: baxo
  • Asturian: baxu
  • Catalan: baix
  • English: abase, bas relief, base, bass
  • Extremaduran: bahu
  • French: bas
  • Friulian: bas
  • Hungarian: basszus
  • Italian: basso


  • bassus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • bassus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • bassus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray