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


She plays bingo twice a week.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vernon Hills throws a free party every year with fireworks, bingo, live music, a carnival and more. Annie Alleman,, "Vernon Hills welcomes the whole family to celebrate summer at fest," 5 July 2018 FEST Play bingo, devour baked goods and watch fireworks. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 The grounds open at 9 a.m., the dinner tent is open from noon until 6:30 p.m. and festivities continue throughout the day until 8 p.m. There are games of chance, a dunking booth, food stands and bingo, just to name a few things. Chuck Gait, Howard County Times, "Fun times in store for all at 140th Clarksville Picnic [Highland/Fulton]," 14 June 2018 The Verdugo Hills Council will hold its first bingo night on July 7 at the council headquarters, 1325 Grandview Ave, Glendale. Joyce Rudolph,, "On the Town: Margaret Hammond receives News-Press Trophy," 25 June 2018 The event includes 12 games of bingo, a snack, pizza and a drink, prizes for adults and children and a prize for all children. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "Get out for family fun during spring break week," 14 Mar. 2018 Bored kids also count as distractions, so entertain them for hours with movies, coloring books, and car games, like these printable roadside bingo cards. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Highlights of Grillin' in Grafton include live music, a Kansas City barbecue competition, bingo and more. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you need to know about Fourth of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 6 June 2018 Inner Loop Market Square Park Historical district hosts events, including bingo and movie night; the park also has a Niko Niko's restaurant and seating. Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area parks offer outdoor recreation," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bingo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of bingo (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


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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