What Is a Casino?

A casino is an establishment for certain types of gambling. Some casinos are standalone, while others are built as part of hotels, resorts, or cruise ships. They offer a variety of games, including roulette, blackjack, and slot machines, and provide a range of other entertainment options. In the United States, casinos are also a major source of employment. Some of the best-known casinos are located in Las Vegas, and a number have become famous landmarks, featured in movies and TV shows.

The largest casinos are often behemoths, with sprawling complexes of gaming and other amenities that can easily dwarf a small town. They are geared towards the high rollers, offering five-star hotel accommodations, Michelin star restaurants, designer shops, and top-billed entertainment shows that can put a dent in your pocket.

Some of the world’s biggest casinos are designed to be architectural marvels. The Grand Lisboa, in Macao, East Asia’s answer to Vegas, was designed to resemble a birdcage and is crowned with the world’s largest LED dome, made of over a million lights. The casino inside lives up to its dazzling exterior, with more than 800 tables and 1,000 slots spread across several large and lavishly decorated floors. The casino also puts on regular entertainment shows, so even non-gamers can find something to do at these mega-resorts. These examples are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘casino.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.