ca·​si·​no | \ kə-ˈsē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce casino (audio) \
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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King also gave favorable attorney general opinions to a Dothan casino developer, Ronnie Gilley, six weeks after Gilley hosted a party for King as his home, with a guest list that included country music stars George Jones and John Anderson. al, "Here we go again: Troy King is running for Congress," 9 Sep. 2019 Breaking down those figures, however, revealed that gambling only accounted for a third of that boost — $6.2 billion — and casino proceeds only grew by 0.4 percent over the previous decade. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 Not all problem gamblers choose casinos or horse tracks; some are day traders. Liz Weston |, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Older investors can be vulnerable to fraud, exploitation, and just plain bad choices," 7 Sep. 2019 Views of hotels and casinos on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Las Vegas: The Allure of the Ersatz," 22 Aug. 2019 For decades, former employees and vendors of US president Donald Trump’s hotels and casinos have accused him of not honoring his obligations and stiffing them on unpaid bills and wages. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Trump announces a new 10% tariff on billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports," 1 Aug. 2019 Seven of the 11 gathered in mid-July at a hotel and casino in Mississippi for a reunion thick with brotherly love and military pride. NBC News, "11 brothers from Alabama, 158 years of U.S. military service," 31 July 2019 Hotels and casinos have their own security measures, so visitors shouldn't be surprised to see bomb-sniffing dogs in the lobby or elsewhere. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' new safety features? The city wants to stay fun -- and secure," 12 July 2019 Money from an estimated 400,000 dues-paying members in industries ranging from casino gaming to beer making to higher education is used to fill a strike fund that may be tapped after automaker contracts expire. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "UAW raid boosts distrust, complicates contract talks with Detroit automakers," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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