• WordNet 3.6
    • n Basque the language of the Basque people; of no known relation to any other language
    • n Basque a member of a people of unknown origin living in the western Pyrenees in France and Spain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Basque 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.
    • Basque One of a race, of unknown origin, inhabiting a region on the Bay of Biscay in Spain and France.
    • a Basque bȧsk Pertaining to Biscay, its people, or their language.
    • Basque The language spoken by the Basque people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n basque 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 basque The language of the Basques, supposed to represent the tongue of the ancient Iberians, the primitive inhabitants of Spain. No connection between it and any other language has as yet been made out. Like the tongues of America, it is highly polysynthetic. It is supposed to represent the tongue of a race existing in southwestern Europe before the immigration of the Indo-European tribes.
    • basque Pertaining to the Basques or their language.
    • n basque The short skirt of the body-garment worn by both sexes.
    • n basque 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 basque A dish of minced mutton, mixed with bread-crumbs, eggs, etc., seasoned and baked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Basque bask relating to the Basques, or their wonderful language, with its extreme variability of dialects—the only example of a consistently incorporating language
    • n Basque a native of the Basque provinces: the distinctive language of the Basques: a kind of short-skirted jacket worn by women, a continuation of the bodice a little below the waist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

The liberty-loving Basques were tolerant as well as independent.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Three sons of the defeated Count of Vela, a Basque nobleman whom the Counts of Castile had put to death, were in the city at the time.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Whenever a man talks indifferent Spanish, he says he is from the Basque.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
Miss Hedges goes with us, and we mean, she and I, to bring back between us the entire Basque country in our portfolios.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
It lingers even in Corsica and the Basque Provinces of Europe.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
The study of the Basque, a language unknown out of a few secluded valleys in the Pyrenees.
"American Languages, and Why We Should Study Them" by Daniel G. Brinton
For as to the Basques, they are still an ethnological and philological puzzle.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
The inhabitants of the Basque provinces are a fine race, and taller than the rest of the Spaniards.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Her face, small and rather thin, was tanned to a clear, dark brown, and of a type that suggested a strain of the ancient blood of the Basques.
"International Short Stories" by Various
In their great energy and their love of enterprise they resemble the Basques.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Dryansky takes us on a sweeping sensory journey from Paris to Normandy, Alsace, the Basque country, and beyond, sharing stories of evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, historic wine auctions and memorable banquets.
Esquire published "La Côte Basque 1965," Capote 's 13,000-word work of fiction about a luncheon in which "Lady Ina Coolbirth" gossips about herself and the creme de la creme of New York society.
Basque people have always fascinated me.
Basque Chicken and Chorizo Sauté.
MADRID — A meeting of informal peace negotiators on Monday raised the pressure on ETA, the Basque separatist group, to end its violent struggle for independence.
Juan José Ibarretxe, whose moderate Basque Nationalist Party won the most seats, 33 of 75, will be sworn in as president of the region today.
LA COTE BASQUE *** 212 688-6525.
A Great-Grandfather 's Recipe for Basque Salt Cod.
Iñigo de Loyola was born in the Basque region of northern Spain in 1491, and spent much of his young adult life preparing to be a courtier and soldier.
The young Basque was something of a ladies' man and, according to some sources, a real hothead.
Tree carvings called arborglyphs provide clues to a Basque shepherd's life.
New York certainly doesn't lack good Spanish food—we can snack on Basque pintxos, feast on Valencian paella, or savor the ultra-expensive jamón iberico.
Spain's Basques enter unfamiliar territory of peacetime politics.
The Basque terrorist group ETA, Europe's last violent separatist movement, agreed to a cease-fire last year, paving the way for Basques to engage in the political process.
With the Mundaka rivermouth predictably flat all week, the Billabong Pro has become a long forgotten sideshow as the tiny Basque fishing village hosted the movers and shakers of the pro surfing world for ASP board meetings.

In science:

Javier Bermejo, C.S.I.C.- Department of Electricity and Electronics, University of the Basque Country, P.O.
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
J.M.P. acknowledges partial support by the University of the Basque Country, the Basque Unibertsitate eta Ikerketa Saila, the Spanish Ministerio de Educaci´on y Ciencia, and the EC 6th framework Network of Excellence NANOQUANTA (Grant No.
Simple dynamic exchange-correlation kernel of the uniform electron gas
Aguirregabiria for assistance with the ODE program , which we have used to compute the asymptotical behaviour of the solutions. P.L.’s work is supported by the Basque Government fellowship B.F.I.92/090.
Scalar Field Inhomogeneous Cosmologies