quango


quan·go

noun \ˈkwaŋ-ˌgō\

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

plural quangos

Full Definition of QUANGO

:  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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