- 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 dadoed
A faint, pleasant odour of Russia leather and camphor-wood came from the dwarf bookcases that dadoed the walls.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The best machine-made drawers are now made with the bottom paneled or dadoed in all around so that papers cannot slip out.Handwork in Wood
- 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 dadoed
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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