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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Expect to see fewer slot machines, limited food service, no craps or other table games and no bingo. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When Wisconsin tribal casinos reopen, it's likely the slot machines will be the only gambling -- no craps or bingo," 15 May 2020 May 19 Conservatory offers Virtual Bingo event The Conservatory at Champions Forest will host a free virtual bingo afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on May 19. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "May 13-19: Have fun while social distancing with virtual bingo, vehicle parade for 2020 grads," 13 May 2020 These guys get through a terrible winter and bingo, they're shut down. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Want to get chef-quality cuts of meat delivered to your house? Here's how it works," 11 May 2020 The 15-year-old had been volunteering at one facility near her home in Paoli, Pennsylvania, for more than a year -- organizing activities like trivia and bingo for the residents. Bethany Hines, CNN, "A 15-year-old is dropping off puzzles and handwritten notes at nursing homes to cheer up residents," 4 May 2020 With most ports refusing to let crews disembark and flights canceled everywhere, Captain B. Murthy and his crew have been spending their free time playing bingo and foosball and singing Bollywood classics on a karaoke system. David Hodari, WSJ, "Behind Oil-Market Gyrations: Few Places Left to Store Unwanted Crude," 24 Apr. 2020 Nursing homes should cancel gatherings like bingo and movie nights and be vigilant about cleaning, said Sara Cody, a county health officer. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 1-5," 24 Apr. 2020 Matthew McConaughey Hosts Virtual Bingo for Senior Citizens The actor and his family teamed up to provide the residents of a Texas nursing home with a virtual bingo game — hosted by the Oscar-winner himself. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "Good News From Around the World to Make You Smile During Quarantine," 10 Apr. 2020 In trials in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere, the robot has been programmed to tell stories, call bingo numbers, lead sing-alongs, and other morale- and community-building exercises in a group care setting. Corinne Purtill, Time, "Meet Violet, the Robot That Can Kill the COVID-19 Virus," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of bingo was in 1903

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“Bingo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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