bin·​go | \ ˈbiŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce bingo (audio) \

Definition of bingo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


plural bingos

Definition of bingo (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 in a Sentence

Noun She plays bingo twice a week.
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First Known Use of bingo


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bingo


alteration of bing (interjection suggestive of a ringing sound)

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“Bingo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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bin·​go | \ ˈbiŋ-gō How to pronounce bingo (audio) \

Kids Definition of bingo

: 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

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