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quango

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noun quan·go \ˈkwaŋ-ˌgō\

Simple Definition of quango

  • : an organization that deals with public matters and is supported by the government but that works independently and has its own legal powers

Full Definition of quango

plural quangos

  1. :  a partly autonomous regulatory agency; especially :  one in Britain organized outside the civil service but financed and appointed by the government

Origin of quango

quasi-nongovernmental organization


First Known Use: 1973


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