Definition of domino
1a (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 costumeb : a person wearing a domino
2a : 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 facesb 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
Dominoes is one of my favorite games.
Recent Examples of domino from the Web
As the clock ticks down in Olympia, legislators have been scrambling to line up all dominoes for a last-minute sprint.
Domino went on to achieve modest local fame as an artist whose paintings depicted the violent aspects of life in New Orleans.
The dominoes began to fall Sunday, when the Nationals bolstered their bullpen by adding lefty Sean Doolittle and righty Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics.
Earlier this month, a woman taking a picture knocked over one piece of art, which prompted an entire row of other pieces to topple like dominoes.
Commissioner Jim Delany tipped the domino that ultimately led to expansion and national conference restructuring, and yet he can't be bothered to instruct Ohio State and Penn State to bring its Heisman Trophy candidates to media day.
Police said NOPD Officer Shannon Jones-Brewer discovered a 16-year-old whose ankle monitor placed him at the scene of Richard 'Chris' Yeager's murder for a minute and a half at the time the Domino's driver was killed.
The goal is for the outcome of the play to be expected—in the same way that a chain of dominoes tumbles if the pieces are set up correctly.
Portis, unflinching, keeps his eyes trained on the dominoes scattered across the kitchen island.
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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)
First Known Use: circa 1694See Words from the same year
DOMINO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of domino for Students
: one of a set of flat oblong dotted pieces used in playing a game (dominoes)
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