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


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variants or less commonly Bingo
plural bingos also Bingos
: a game of chance played with cards having numbered squares corresponding to numbers drawn at random (as by a game host or computer program) and won by covering five such squares in a row
enjoys playing bingo
often used before another noun
When I worked at the Village Nursing Home, one of my favorite responsibilities … was calling the weekly bingo games.Karen Duffy
also : a social gathering at which bingo is played
About 50% of a volunteer fire department's budget comes from fundraising activities like bingos, hall rentals and fish fries … Hallie Lauer
see also bingo card

Examples of bingo in a Sentence

Noun She plays bingo twice a week.
Recent Examples on the Web
Events include a Parka Pub Crawl, a talent show, a fat bike rally, fireworks, designer purse bingo and caramelized beer poking. Anna Pearson, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 Enjoy a live watch party experience featuring food and drink specials, Super Bowl commercial bingo and massive raffle prizes every quarter. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a bingo marathon presented by the Scarlet Brigade. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 In the Legislature, sports wagering proposals have become intertwined with broader efforts to expand gambling beyond the current tribal casinos, dog racing tracks and charitable bingo operators. David A. Lieb, Fortune, 27 Dec. 2023 Today, the industry that began just three decades ago as a handful of bingo parlors has mushroomed to include 85 Indian casinos across California — businesses that provide 124,000 jobs and add about $19 billion to the state economy annually, according to the American Gaming Assn. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2023 Wolfe also hosts events like art nights (with goats), bingo (with goats), nonalcoholic bar nights (with goats) and tea/tarot evenings (with goats). Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 The 276-room property — the city’s most luxurious — offers elegant accommodations and activities ranging from hiking to chocolate bingo. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 18 Jan. 2024 Some future doctors might prescribe neighborhood mixers or bingo nights to ward off chronic illness. Elizabeth Svoboda, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



alteration of bing (interjection suggestive of a ringing sound)

First Known Use


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bingo was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Bingo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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