Meaning of dado in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdeɪdəʊ/

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nounplural noun dados

  • 1The lower part of the wall of a room, below about waist height, when decorated differently from the upper part.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In this period wallpapers were conceived as an ensemble of three parts: the paper used on the dado, the paper from the dado to ceiling border (known as fill), and the border, or frieze.’
    • ‘The ceiling was enormously high with elaborate plasterwork round the remains of a nonexistent chandelier and an opulent floral dado.’
    1. 1.1
      short for dado rail
      ‘dados were fixed to the wall to protect the plaster’
      • ‘The hall teams a pale oatmeal carpet with yellow tones above and below the dado, plain coving and stylish pendant lighting.’
      • ‘The hall has black and white marble floor tiles, with shades of red above and below the dado.’
      • ‘In its two hundred-odd rooms gold leaf covered every dado, while solid marble flagged every floor.’
      • ‘Inside the hallway is elegantly proportioned, with ornate plasterwork and a dado dividing the coffee and cream colour scheme.’
  • 2North American A groove cut in the face of a board, into which the edge of another board is fixed.

    as modifier ‘a dado joint’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Check your plans for the exact location of the dado cuts.’
    • ‘Cut a replacement tread and insert it into the dados in the stringers.’
  • 3Architecture
    The part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice.

    • ‘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).