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[kuh-see-noh] /kəˈsi noʊ/
noun, plural casinos for 1.
a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc., especially such a place equipped with gambling devices, gambling tables, etc.
(in Italy) a small country house or lodge.
Also, cassino. Cards. a game in which cards that are face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand.
1780-90; < Italian, equivalent to cas(a) house + -ino diminutive suffix
Related forms
subcasino, noun, plural subcasinos. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for casinos
  • In some cases multiple machines are linked across multiple casinos.
  • The casinos lease the machines rather than owning them outright.
  • Of the casinos that were located in biloxi, eight have reopened since katrina.
  • Many casinos offer optional side bets at standard blackjack tables.
  • History of casinos the precise origin of gambling is unknown.
  • casinos often give out free items, known as comps to people who are gambling.
  • The casinos are collectively known as the pearl river resort.
  • In some casinos the commission is only charged if the bet wins.
British Dictionary definitions for casinos


noun (pl) -nos
a public building or room in which gaming takes place, esp roulette and card games such as baccarat and chemin de fer
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 casinos



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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