ca·si·no | \kə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō \
plural casinos

Definition of casino 

1 : a building or room used for social amusements specifically : one used for gambling

2 or less commonly cassino : a card game in which cards are won by matching or combining cards in a hand with those exposed on the table

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Examples of casino in a Sentence

on summer evenings dance bands would perform in the seaside casino

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Take the same money into a casino and bet on a roulette wheel coming up red and your odds of winning are 47%. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 West Virginia lawmakers this year approved sports betting at the state’s five casinos and on approved mobile apps, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law that had banned most sports betting. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "In West Virginia, FanDuel makes first sports wagering deal," 26 June 2018 Las Vegas casinos and hotels dimmed their lights on the Strip when Jerry Tarkanian died in 2015. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: What Mark Sanford's loss tells us about Trump's political muscle in the midterm elections," 13 June 2018 Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill that was passed unanimously last week by the state Legislature allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting in a taxed, regulated setting., "Whole Foods to deliver free in two hours to Amazon Prime customers," 12 June 2018 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law on Monday that allows legal sports betting in the state, both online and at the state's casinos and racetracks. Nihal Kolur,, "Sports Betting to be Legalized In New Jersey on Thursday," 11 June 2018 And several casinos beefed up the security in anticipation of the summer outdoor concert season. Michele Parente,, "Pechanga using security robots to monitor casino resort," 9 July 2018 New buildings using the company's products include the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans; the Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino in Everett, Mass.; and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s downtown Milwaukee office tower. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glenn Rieder brings a new manufacturing facility to an old-school industrial area in West Allis," 22 June 2018 Basketball Ex-Knicks star Oakley arrested Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort after he was accused of gambling fraud., "US Olympic Committee tabs Sarah Hirshland as its CEO," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of casino

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for casino

Italian, from casa house, from Latin, cottage

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The first known use of casino was in 1744

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English Language Learners Definition of casino

: a building or room that has games (such as roulette or blackjack) for gambling

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