- Also called die. Architecture. the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice or cap.
- the lower broad part of an interior wall finished in wallpaper, a fabric, paint, etc.
- Carpentry. a groove or rectangular section for receiving the end of a board.
- to provide with a dado.
- dado in, to insert (a board or the like) into a dado.
Origin of dado
1655–65; < Italian: die, cube, pedestal, perhaps < Arabic dad game
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Examples from the Web for dado
He was close to Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat cars, as well as the Roman Prince Dado Ruspoli.
Hence, Gianni and Dado decided to play a rather morbid joke on their Danish friend.
Somehow it reminded them of the dado of a nursery wall-paper.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
A gain joint is a dado which runs only partly across one member, X.
In book shelves a gain gives a better appearance than a dado.
Knife grooves are made in the waste for starting the saw as in the dado.
There was the same parquet floor, and dado of shiny pitchpine.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
- the lower part of an interior wall that is decorated differently from the upper part
- architect the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice
- (tr) to provide with a dado
C17: from Italian: die, die-shaped pedestal, perhaps from Arabic dad game
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Word Origin and History for dado
1660s, of pedestals, from Italian dado "die, cube," from Latin datum (see die (n.)). Of wood panelling in a room, from 1787.
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