What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Dominoes' mean?

Find out what Dominoes means. Dominoes is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans


Dominoes apparently originated in China in the 12th Century and first appeared in Italy in the early 17th century. From there the game spread throughout Europe and then the rest of the world. The name originally comes from the Latin, 'dominus' meaning 'master of the house', but was also the name given to a type of Christian priest, a Domini, whose hood was black on the outside and white on the inside. To play dominoes all you need is a partner and a board or table. The usual number of players is four, with several people watching, although people will play just with two as well. Throughout the Dominican Republic you can find people playing dominoes everywhere - at home, on street corners, on the beach and at the colmado.

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...Dominoesas being the main place for food, the colmado doubles up as a bar at night – and all day Sunday – and is the main social centre of the neighbourhood. There is usually a television in one corner and the colmado fills up for baseball games and the daily ..."

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