ca·​si·​no kə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce casino (audio)
plural casinos
: a building or room used for social amusements
specifically : one used for gambling
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

Examples of casino in a Sentence

on summer evenings dance bands would perform in the seaside casino
Recent Examples on the Web These junkets allowed wealthy Chinese to buy casino chips with renminbi, gamble some of them on baccarat or roulette and then convert the rest into dollars. Joy Dong, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 The crash then happened after the pair, who have yet to be identified, left the casino. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 It is funded with some of the gambling revenue the casino provides to the county to support the surrounding community. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 Among the places Santos spent the money were Ferragamo ($6,000), Atlantic City casinos (more than $1,700), and Hermès ($4,127.80). Tori Latham, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 Unions representing thousands of hospitality workers had threatened to strike, jeopardizing millions of dollars in race revenue, if the casino operators did not meet their demands. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 The Raiders appeared to suffer a devastating setback in early February when casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and investment banking giant Goldman Sachs backed away from the project in Vegas and said they would no longer be involved. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 That course included the casino parking lot near where Evel Knievel spectacularly crashed in 1967 while trying to jump his motorcycle over the hotel fountain. Ken Ritter, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 And just last week, a casino in California reported a tuberculosis outbreak. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, from casa house, from Latin, cottage

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of casino was in 1744

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“Casino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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ca·​si·​no kə-ˈsē-nō How to pronounce casino (audio)
plural casinos
: a building or room used for gambling

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