Casino



a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc., especially such a place equipped with gambling devices, gambling tables, etc.
(in Italy) a small country house or lodge.
Also, cassino. Cards. a game in which cards that are face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand.
Contemporary Examples

The visitors would be forgiven for not knowing they were dining with casino royalty.
The Ballad of Mitzi Stauffer Briggs, Heiress Who Lost It All in Vegas John L. Smith September 29, 2013

Ensign Sr. is part of a group trying to build a $225 million casino in Kansas.
Sin City Senator Sally Denton June 21, 2009

Ironically, what was bad for the boys in Havana provided a shot in the arm to the casino crowd in Las Vegas.
Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations? John L. Smith December 17, 2014

The Tropicana was a mobbed-up resort riddled with hidden ownership, casino skimming, and bad debt.
The Ballad of Mitzi Stauffer Briggs, Heiress Who Lost It All in Vegas John L. Smith September 29, 2013

But whatever a staffer might have said, the casino immediately notified the Atlantic City police.
Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His ‘Kindness’ Anti-Bullying Wristband Michael Daly September 9, 2014

Historical Examples

On reaching the casino he found that he would have no difficulty in seeing the agent.
The Truth About Tristrem Varick Edgar Saltus

Well, I’ve got to take the madam and the young folks over to the casino.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The Colonel had been obliged to calm Clorinda when he met her (discussing the news of the war) in the casino.
The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez

Just such a promenade, with a sleepy band, just such a casino, just such a routine.
In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards

It appears that, not very far from the casino, he and the girl sat down in the darkness upon a public bench.
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford

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