WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
bis1  (bis), 
adv. 
  1. twice.
  2. again (used interjectionally as an enthusiastic call for the repetition of a musical performance).
Etymology:
  • Latin; Old Latin duis twice
  • Italian
  • 1810–20

bis2  (bis), 
n. 

    Clothinga sheer, often embroidered linen, used in the manufacture of altar cloths.
Also,bisso. 
Etymology:
  • Latin byssus byssus
  • Middle English 1350–1400

B.I.S., 
  • Bank for International Settlements.
  • British Information Services.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bis /bɪs/ adv
    1. twice; for a second time (used in musical scores to indicate a part to be repeated)
    sentence substitute
    1. encore! again!
    Etymology: 19th Century: via Italian from Latin, from Old Latin duis



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