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Definition of "dado" [da•do]

  • Architecture The section of a pedestal between base and surbase. (noun)
  • The lower portion of the wall of a room, decorated differently from the upper section, as with panels. (noun)
  • A rectangular groove cut into a board so that a like piece may be fitted into it. (noun)
  • The groove so cut. (noun)
  • To furnish with a dado. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dado" in a sentence
  • "The ermine emblematically depicted in the dado is elsewhere suspended from the collar that Federico had received from the king of Naples; in each studiolo this collar dangles from a drawer or cabinet."
  • "This custom of decorating the walls of a building with triangles placed at intervals on the upper edge of a dado is a feature of cliff-house kivas, as shown in"
  • "The floor was of plain cut but elegant tiles, and the dado was a more intricate pattern of the same in shades of blue, green, and yellow, interspersed with black, but relieved by an abundance of greeny white."