Definition of dado in English:


Syllabification: da·do
Pronunciation: /ˈdādō

noun (plural dados)

  • 1The lower part of the wall of a room, below about waist height, if it is a different color or has a different covering than the upper part.
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    • Wallcovering which covers the lower part of the wall, or dado, and ending at the chair rail height.
    • This technique is best used on doors, paneling, dados, baseboards and also as a subtle wall finish.
    • The room had dark wood panelling, cream paint above the dado, a muted silver ceiling, and comfortably padded brown leather chairs.
  • 1.1North American A groove cut in the face of a board, into which the edge of another board is fixed.
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    • Guide wood along the blade to make the dado grooves.
    • Use a framing square to draw a line on the outside of the plywood for each dado joint so when finishing nails are used they will penetrate the shelves and not be visible on the inside.
    • Check the plans for the specified depth and thickness of all your dado and rabbet cuts.
  • 1.2 Architecture The part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice.
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    • We are therefore reminded of a pedestal of which the base, dado and cornice were alike, wholly clad in bronze.


mid 17th century (denoting the main part of a pedestal, above the base): from Italian, literally 'dice or cube', from Latin datum 'something given, starting point' (see datum).

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