Word Casino

Beginnings Of The Word “Casino”

The word casino actually has a colorful history. Italian in origin, it was originally used to refer to a small summerhouse or villa, which was usually constructed on the grounds of a larger villa or what is known in Italy as a palazzo. Many examples of these structures can still be found today in places such as Villa Farnese and Villa Giulia.

While the earliest casinos were originally designed as places of leisure, they were not necessarily gambling houses in any sense of the word. Instead, buildings designed for gambling were known as a casino (note the accent). Perhaps as a way to avoid confusion, the early casinos gradually came to be known as bordellos.