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
  1. noun
    a public building for gambling and entertainment
    synonyms: gambling casino
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    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)
  2. noun
    a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand
    synonyms: cassino
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    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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