Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's close-fitting bodice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a waistcoat etc. extending below the waist.
  • n. A woman's close-fitting bodice having such a feature; a corset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Biscay, its people, or their language.
  • n. One of a race, of unknown origin, inhabiting a region on the Bay of Biscay in Spain and France.
  • n. The language spoken by the Basque people.
  • n. A part of a lady's dress, resembling a jacket with a short skirt; -- probably so called because this fashion of dress came from the Basques.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a race of unknown origin inhabiting the Basque provinces and other parts of Spain in the neighborhood of the Pyrenees, and part of the department of Basses-Pyrénées, France.
  • n. The language of the Basques, supposed to represent the tongue of the ancient Iberians, the primitive inhabitants of Spain.
  • Pertaining to the Basques or their language.
  • n. The short skirt of the body-garment worn by both sexes.
  • n. A kind of short-skirted jacket worn by women, forming the upper part of a dress: probably so called because it was worn by the Basques.
  • n. A dish of minced mutton, mixed with bread-crumbs, eggs, etc., seasoned and baked.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the language of the Basque people; of no known relation to any other language
  • n. a member of a people of unknown origin living in the western Pyrenees in France and Spain

Etymologies

French, skirt of a garment, alteration (perhaps influenced by Basque, Basque) of Old French baste, from Italian basta, tuck, possibly of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French basque. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • An Anglo-Saxon maiden without a rope ladder in the pocket of her basque was a rare sight.

    Comic History of England

  • Off came the green silk dress with its tight "basque" and overskirt.

    The Christmas Angel

  • A basque is a beltless something that you can’t remember, but that females did, once upon a time, cover the upper half of their forms with.

    The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary

  • Anyway, I am not a huge fan of fried chicken and had been mainly motivated by a desire to serve up some American fried chicken to the inquisitive Mexican kids but we came up with a nice basque omelette in addition to the hot dogs as a substitute which was probably an improvement over my original idea.

    Bubba�s

  • Out-and-out luxury: Carine Gilson's "Egérie" silk-satin basque slip, £820

    The Simple Bare Necessities of Life

  • We got petite basque (a sheep's milk cheese, don't tell Shawn,) which was divine.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Your best picks are gowns that enhance the bust and waist dropped or basque waists, scooped or V-necked tops, and halter tops to show off sexy shoulders.

    My Fair Wedding

  • People in the basque country speaks mostly spanish.

    Language Map of Europe

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