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
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.
Domino’s leads the pack with a weekly penetration rate of 0.38 percent, UberEats trails the pizza maker with 0.21 percent and Pizza Hut’s mobile app comes barely edges out GrubHub for 3rd place with 0.17 percent.
On Tuesday, another domino fell, this time involving the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets.
At any other time, Republican Karen Handel would likely be expected to win election by a decent margin, but the race has turned into the first domino in an elaborate resulting pattern.
But while George's wishes were widely known, the fact that his agent, Aaron Mintz of Creative Artists Agency, was willing to tell the Pacers exactly what his client plans to do sets up the dominoes that will impact everything this summer.
In the wake of the widespread mortgage crisis, with dominoes falling all around the world, only one U.S. financial institution faced criminal charges from prosecutors.
The transparency from tech companies, with one report leading to the next like dominoes, has arguably invited more scrutiny and criticism than other industries are forced to endure.
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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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