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casino

[kuh-see-noh] /kəˈsi noʊ/
noun, plural casinos for 1.
1.
a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc., especially such a place equipped with gambling devices, gambling tables, etc.
2.
(in Italy) a small country house or lodge.
3.
Also, cassino. Cards. a game in which cards that are face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand.
Origin of casino
1780-1790
1780-90; < Italian, equivalent to cas(a) house + -ino diminutive suffix
Related forms
subcasino, noun, plural subcasinos.
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  • On reaching the casino he found that he would have no difficulty in seeing the agent.

  • Well, I've got to take the madam and the young folks over to the casino.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The Colonel had been obliged to calm Clorinda when he met her (discussing the news of the war) in the casino.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Just such a promenade, with a sleepy band, just such a casino, just such a routine.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It appears that, not very far from the casino, he and the girl sat down in the darkness upon a public bench.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for casino

casino

/kəˈsiːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -nos
1.
a public building or room in which gaming takes place, esp roulette and card games such as baccarat and chemin de fer
2.
a variant spelling of cassino
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, diminutive of casa house, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for casino
n.

1744, "public room for music or dancing," from Italian casino, literally "a little house," diminutive of casa "house," from Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin," of uncertain origin. The card game (also cassino) is attested by that name from 1792. Specifically as "building for aristocratic gambling" by 1820, first in an Italian context.

[T]he term Casino [is] indiscriminately applied to a set of farm offices, a country-seat, a gambling house, and a game of cards ... [Jane Waldie Watts, "Sketches Descriptive of Italy in the Years 1816 and 1817," London 1820]

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