- 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.
Origin of casino
Examples from the Web for casino
Ironically, what was bad for the boys in Havana provided a shot in the arm to the casino crowd in Las Vegas.
By the early 1960s, Las Vegas enjoyed an influx of casino employees with experience in Havana.
Casino resorts thrive in the Bahamas and have a presence in almost every port of call for hundreds of miles.
In August, Trump filed a lawsuit to have his name removed from the casino and from the nearby, since-closed Trump Plaza.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
But if she gets her own casino it will be a fund-raising plus.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
Well, I've got to take the madam and the young folks over to the Casino.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Just such a promenade, with a sleepy band, just such a casino, just such a routine.In the Heart of Vosges
In Spain this social life centers in the café and the casino.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
He spoke for the benefit of the Russian sufferers at the Casino on December 18th.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
So thinking, I wrapped my cloak about me and hastened towards the Casino.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
- 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 and History for casino
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]