dado

[dey-doh]
noun, plural da·does, da·dos.
  1. Also called die. Architecture. the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice or cap.
  2. the lower broad part of an interior wall finished in wallpaper, a fabric, paint, etc.
  3. Carpentry. a groove or rectangular section for receiving the end of a board.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a dado.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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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Contemporary Examples of dado

  • He was close to Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat cars, as well as the Roman Prince Dado Ruspoli.

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    I Helped Save Claus von Bulow

    Andrea Reynolds

    December 9, 2008

  • Hence, Gianni and Dado decided to play a rather morbid joke on their Danish friend.

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    I Helped Save Claus von Bulow

    Andrea Reynolds

    December 9, 2008

Historical Examples of dado

  • Somehow it reminded them of the dado of a nursery wall-paper.

  • A gain joint is a dado which runs only partly across one member, X.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • In book shelves a gain gives a better appearance than a dado.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • Knife grooves are made in the waste for starting the saw as in the dado.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • There was the same parquet floor, and dado of shiny pitchpine.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster


British Dictionary definitions for dado

dado

noun plural -does or -dos
  1. the lower part of an interior wall that is decorated differently from the upper part
  2. architect the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice
verb
  1. (tr) to provide with a dado

Word Origin for dado

C17: from Italian: die, die-shaped pedestal, perhaps from Arabic dad game
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Word Origin and History for dado
n.

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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