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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a people of unknown origin inhabiting the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay in France and Spain.
  • noun The language of the Basques, of no known linguistic affiliation.

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  • proper noun The language of the Basque people.
  • noun A member of a people living in the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay in France and Spain.
  • adjective Relative to the Basque people or their language.

Etymologies

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

[French, probably from Latin Vascō, perhaps from Varscunes, Vascunes, ethnonym of the Pyrenees region in antiquity.]

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French basque ("Basque"), from Latin Vascones, a Roman era tribe in the Franco-Cantabrian region of southern Europe who were ancestors of the current Basque population. Cognate to Gascon; see Gascony for details.

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