[ dey-doh ]
/ ˈdeɪ doʊ /

noun, plural da·does, da·dos.

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.

verb (used with object)

to provide with a dado.

Verb Phrases

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dado


/ (ˈdeɪdəʊ) /

noun plural -does or -dos

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

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



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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