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domino1

[dom-uh-noh] /ˈdɒm əˌnoʊ/
noun, plural dominoes.
1.
a flat, thumbsized, rectangular block, the face of which is divided into two parts, each either blank or bearing from one to six pips or dots: 28 such pieces form a complete set.
2.
dominoes, (used with a singular verb) any of various games played with such pieces, usually by matching the ends of pieces and laying the dominoes down in lines and angular patterns.
Origin of domino1
1710-1720
1710-20; perhaps special use of domino2

domino2

[dom-uh-noh] /ˈdɒm əˌnoʊ/
noun, plural dominoes, dominos.
1.
a large, hooded cloak with a mask covering the eyes, worn at masquerades.
2.
the mask.
3.
a person wearing such dress.
Origin
1710-20; < Italian: hood and mask costume < Medieval Latin or Middle French: black hood worn by priests in winter; obscurely akin to Latin dominus lord
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  • Up at Fort Shurdan they had a ginmill where th' warryors cud go an' besot thimsilves with bottled beer an' dominoes.

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
  • I can see the dominoes with my fingers—touch is just as good as sight.

  • Six dominoes were placed on their edges, in the usual way, before the dog and the same number before Mr. Blanc.

    All About Dogs Charles Henry Lane
  • Henceforth nothing could be heard but the jingle of dominoes.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • How silly they will look to-night when I shall come out with this story between two games of dominoes!'

    Gobseck Honore de Balzac
  • "We must all have our dominoes before noon, you know," she said.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
British Dictionary definitions for dominoes

dominoes

/ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) any of several games in which matching halves of dominoes are laid together

domino1

/ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊ/
noun (pl) -noes
1.
a small rectangular block used in dominoes, divided on one side into two equal areas, each of which is either blank or marked with from one to six dots
2.
(modifier) exhibiting the domino effect: a domino pattern of takeovers
See also dominoes
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian, perhaps from domino! master, said by the winner

domino2

/ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊ/
noun (pl) -noes, -nos
1.
a large hooded cloak worn with an eye mask at a masquerade
2.
the eye mask worn with such a cloak
Word Origin
C18: from French or Italian, probably from Latin dominus lord, master

Domino

/ˈdɒmɪnəʊ/
noun
1.
Fats. real name Antoine Domino born 1928, US rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll pianist, singer, and songwriter. His singles include "Ain't that a Shame" (1955) and "Blueberry Hill" (1956)
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Word Origin and History for dominoes
n.

the usual form when referring to the game played with dominoes, c.1800; see domino.

domino

n.

1801, from French domino (1771), perhaps (on comparison of the black tiles of the game) from the meaning "hood with a cloak worn by canons or priests" (1690s), from Latin dominus "lord, master" (see domain), but the connection is not clear. Klein thinks it might be directly from dominus, "because he who has first disposed his pieces becomes 'the master.' " Metaphoric use in geopolitics is from April 1954, first used by U.S. President Eisenhower in a "New York Times" piece, in reference to what happens when you set up a row of dominos and knock the first one down.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dominoes

dominoes

noun

Dice (1920s+)

Related Terms

galloping dominoes

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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