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

Mark the positions of compartment dividers across the width of the bin walls, and cut the dadoes in them. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 Clean up the bottom of each dado with a 1/4-inch chisel. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 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, "How to Build a Pergola Right in Your Backyard," 1 May 2016 Amo Venezuela, tierra que me ha dado verdaderos hermanos de corazón. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, "‘Despacito’ artists to Maduro: Stop using our song for political propaganda," 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, "What Betting Markets Have to Say About Brexit," 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, "Dollar Lower on Weak U.S. Data, Stronger Euro," 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, "From Restaurants to Insurers, the Race to Comply With New GDPR Privacy Rules," 24 May 2018

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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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