1 [dom-uh-noh]
noun, plural dominoes.
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.
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.

1710–20; perhaps special use of domino2 Unabridged


2 [dom-uh-noh]
noun, plural dominoes, dominos.
a large, hooded cloak with a mask covering the eyes, worn at masquerades.
the mask.
a person wearing such dress.

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 Unabridged
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domino1 (ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊ)
n , 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
[C19: from French, from Italian, perhaps from domino! master, said by the winner]

domino2 (ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊ)
n , 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
[C18: from French or Italian, probably from Latin dominus lord, master]

Domino (ˈdɒmɪnəʊ)
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)

dominoes (ˈdɒmɪˌnəʊz)
(functioning as singular) any of several games in which matching halves of dominoes are laid together

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Word Origin & History

1801, from Fr. domino (1771), probably (on comparison of the black tiles of the game) from the meaning "hood with a cloak worn by canons or priests," from L. 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.

the usual form when refering to the game played with dominoes, c.1800; see domino.
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Example sentences
He likened the crisis to popcorn rather than dominoes.
The slap of dominoes on nearby tables was as sharp and sudden as firecrackers.
Waiting, they play dominoes and trade stories of mythic-size potholes.
Dominoes should not be used with agitated residents.
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