A casino is a building where people can gamble and play games of chance. Your grandmother might enjoy taking weekend bus trips to the nearest casino with her friends.

Many casinos are near — or inside — hotels, and include opportunities to dine, drink, and shop. The main event at a casino, however, is the chance to gamble either by betting money on games like blackjack or poker, or by putting coins in a slot machine. Casino is also the name of a card game. The word comes from the Italian casa, or "house." In the 1800s casino came to mean "building for aristocratic gambling."

Definitions of casino

n a public building for gambling and entertainment

gambling casino
Type of:
gambling den, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house
a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)

n a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand

royal casino
a form of casino in which face cards have extra point values
spade casino
a form of casino in which spades have the value of one point
Type of:
card game, cards
a game played with playing cards

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