da·​do | \ ˈdā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce dado (audio) \
plural dadoes

Definition of dado

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a rectangular groove cut to make a joint in woodworking specifically : one cut across the grain


dadoed; dadoing

Definition of dado (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide with a dado
2a : to set into a groove
b : to cut a dado in (something, such as a plank)

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dado 1a: 1 surbase, 2 dado, 3 base

In the meaning defined above

Examples of dado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Start by cutting the dados and rabbets slightly too narrow and testing the fit. David Kaleko, Popular Science, 27 Jan. 2020 Cut the notches with a dado blade in the table saw, or lay out each notch and use a jigsaw to remove the waste. Rick Peters, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2016 Mark the positions of compartment dividers across the width of the bin walls, and cut the dadoes in them. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 21 Mar. 2018 Clean up the bottom of each dado with a 1/4-inch chisel. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 21 Mar. 2018 Cut the notches with a dado blade in the table saw, or lay out each notch and use a jigsaw to remove the waste. Rick Peters, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2016 Amo Venezuela, tierra que me ha dado verdaderos hermanos de corazón. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, 24 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Photo: dado ruvic/Reuters Political wagers remain a small part of the £14.4 billion U.K. gambling industry, which is dominated by people having a flutter on sports like soccer and horse-racing. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2018 Photo: dado ruvic/Reuters That happened shortly after Italy’s new populist government spooked investors with plans to allow more government spending, which could trigger a clash with other governments, notably Germany’s. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, 6 June 2018 Photo: dado ruvic/Reuters In March, Mastercard joined with International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.30% to set up an external trust that will hold and anonymize the data, so Mastercard has no ability to reidentify individuals from it. Natalia Drozdiak, WSJ, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of dado


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dado


Italian, die, plinth

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“Dado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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