Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

dado

play
noun da·do \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of dado

plural da·does

  1. 1 a :  the part of a pedestal of a column above the base b :  the lower part of an interior wall when specially decorated or faced; also :  the decoration adorning this part of a wall

  2. 2 :  a rectangular groove cut to make a joint in woodworking; specifically :  one cut across the grain



Illustration of dado

Origin of dado

Italian, die, plinth


First Known Use: 1664


2

dado

verb da·do

Definition of dado

da·doedda·do·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a dado

  3. 2 a :  to set into a groove b :  to cut a dado in (as a plank)



1881

First Known Use of dado

1881


Learn More about dado

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "dado" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "dado"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dado? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ