basque definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from ProvenÃ§al basto ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; altered by associated, association with French basquine, kind of petticoat ; from Spanish basquiña ; from basco, vasco, Basque
- a member of a people living in the W Pyrenees of Spain and France
- the language of this people: it is not known to be related to any other language
Origin: French ; from Spanish Vasco; ultimately ; from Classical Latin Vascones, the Basques
basque definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, skirt of a garment, alteration (perhaps influenced by Basque, Basque) of Old French baste, from Italian basta, tuck, possibly of Germanic origin.
- A member of a people of unknown origin inhabiting the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay in France and Spain.
- The language of the Basques, of no known linguistic affiliation.
Origin: French, probably from Latin Vascō, perhaps from Barscunes, Bascunes, ethnonym of the Pyrenees region in antiquity.
- Basque adjective