interjection \ˈbiŋ-(ˌ)gō\

—used to announce that you have won the game in bingo

—used to announce a successful result that is quick or unexpected

—used to indicate that another person's statement is correct

Full Definition of BINGO

—used to announce an unexpected event or instantaneous result
—used to announce a winning position in bingo
—used to express endorsement of a correct assertion

Origin of BINGO

alteration of bing (interjection suggestive of a ringing sound)
First Known Use: 1925



: a game in which players match numbered squares on a card with numbers that are called out until someone wins by matching five squares in a row

plural bingos

Full Definition of BINGO

:  a game of chance played with cards having numbered squares corresponding to numbered balls drawn at random and won by covering five such squares in a row; also :  a social gathering at which bingo is played

Examples of BINGO

  1. She plays bingo twice a week.

First Known Use of BINGO


Rhymes with BINGO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Game of chance played with cards having a grid of numbered squares corresponding to numbered balls drawn at random. When a number on the card is drawn, the players cover that number (should they have it); the game is won by covering a certain number of squares in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). Cards are purchased and proceeds are placed into a common “pot”; winning cards are awarded a portion of the pot. Wildly popular in the mid 20th century, bingo has in recent decades suffered a decline in America but has increased in popularity in other parts of the world. The earliest name for bingo—lotto—was recorded in Britain in 1776; the game is sometimes called keno in the U.S.


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