noun, plural dom·i·noes.
- dominion day,
- domino effect,
- domino paper,
- domino theory,
Origin of domino1
noun, plural dom·i·noes, dom·i·nos.
Origin of domino2
Examples from the Web for domino
The lack of food can also domino effect into peace and security—already there have been reports about stolen food aid.
This first session set off a domino effect of unexpected proportions.
The CVS move will undoubtedly create a domino effect among other pharmacy chains.The War on Smoking Didn’t Save My Mother’s Life, but It Could Save Many More|Joe Concha|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And two guests from that weekend getaway later pitched in a small amount to cover costs at the Domino exploration.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners|Nina Strochlic|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
[Foreign intervention] will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific.Syria’s Assad to West: ‘I Am Tougher Than Gaddafi’|Mike Giglio|November 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"I am not of Verona, lady; no one knows me here;" and Hamlet threw back the hood of his domino.A Midnight Fantasy|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
On the cross is an eagle, with a vine branch and grapes above, and with a scroll in his beak inscribed, In Domino confido.The Hawarden Visitors' Hand-Book|William Henry Gladstone
At the height of the ball a domino kissed Madame de S——, who shrieked aloud.Letters to an Unknown|Prosper Mrime
Then she went home; for she also intended to put on a domino, and indulge herself by going to the Opera.The Queen's Necklace|Alexandre Dumas pre
"He is making a most regrettable record here," very stiffly from the domino.Still Jim|Honor Willsie Morrow
noun plural -noes
Word Origin for domino
noun plural -noes or -nos
Word Origin for domino
1801, from French domino (1771), perhaps (on comparison of the black tiles of the game) from the meaning "hood with a cloak worn by canons or priests" (1690s), from Latin dominus "lord, master" (see domain), but the connection is not clear. Klein thinks it might be directly from dominus, "because he who has first disposed his pieces becomes 'the master.' " Metaphoric use in geopolitics is from April 1954, first used by U.S. President Eisenhower in a "New York Times" piece, in reference to what happens when you set up a row of dominos and knock the first one down.