domino

noun dom·i·no \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnō \

Definition of domino

plural dominoes or dominos
1 a (1) :a long loose hooded cloak usually worn with a half mask as a masquerade costume
(2) :a half mask worn over the eyes with a masquerade costume
b :a person wearing a domino
2 a :a flat rectangular block (as of wood or plastic) whose face is divided into two equal parts that are blank or bear usually from one to six dots arranged as on dice faces
b dominoes or dominos plural in form but usually singular in construction :any of several games played with a set of usually 28 dominoes
3 :a member of a group (as of nations) expected to behave in accordance with the domino theory

Examples of domino in a Sentence

  1. Dominoes is one of my favorite games.

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The History of domino

The origin of dominoes is rather obscure, and that is as true of the word as it is of the game. Both appeared in France shortly after 1750. In both English and French, domino earlier denoted a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade. It is an even earlier sense, however, that may link the garment with the playing piece. In French, domino originally referred to a cape worn by a priest over his surplice. Domino pieces were once made with ebony blacks and ivory faces, and it has been suggested that the playing piece brought to mind the priest’s black domino contrasting with the white surplice.

Origin and Etymology of domino

French, probably from Latin (in the ritual formula benedicamus Domino let us bless the Lord)


DOMINO Defined for English Language Learners

domino

noun

Definition of domino for English Language Learners

  • : a small flat rectangular block made of wood or plastic that has one or more dots on one side and that is used in playing games

  • dominoes : a game played with dominoes


DOMINO Defined for Kids

domino

noun dom·i·no \ ˈdä-mə-ˌnō \

Definition of domino for Students

plural dominoes or dominos
:one of a set of flat oblong dotted pieces used in playing a game ( dominoes )


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