Definition of domino
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 plural but usually sing in constr : 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.
Did You Know?
The of dominoes is rather , and is as true of the word as is of the . Both appeared in France shortly after 1750. In both English and French, domino earlier denoted a hooded worn together with a during carnival season or at a masquerade. is earlier , however, the garment with the playing . In French, domino originally referred to a cape worn by a priest over his surplice. Domino were once made with ebony blacks and ivory faces, and has been the playing to mind the priest’s black domino 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 1694
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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