[ 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. 2020

Examples from the Web for dadoed

  • 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|William Noyes
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dadoed

/ (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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