casino

[kuh-see-noh]
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noun, plural ca·si·nos for 1.
  1. a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc., especially such a place equipped with gambling devices, gambling tables, etc.
  2. (in Italy) a small country house or lodge.
  3. 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

1780–90; < Italian, equivalent to cas(a) house + -ino diminutive suffix
Related formssub·ca·si·no, noun, plural sub·ca·si·nos.
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casino

noun plural -nos
  1. a public building or room in which gaming takes place, esp roulette and card games such as baccarat and chemin de fer
  2. a variant spelling of cassino

Word Origin for casino

C18: from Italian, diminutive of casa house, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for casino
n.

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]
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