(also basso continuo)
Definition of continuo
noun (plural continuos)[mass noun]
- (in baroque music) an accompanying part which includes a bass line and harmonies, typically played on a keyboard instrument and with other instruments such as cello or lute: the piece is scored for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuo [with modifier]:both recordings use harpsichord continuo [as modifier]:members of the continuo group
early 18th century: Italian basso continuo 'continuous bass'