bin·​go | \ˈbiŋ-(ˌ)gō \

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

Dodo loved family gatherings and enjoyed playing bingo, poker, and slot machines at the Casino., "Josephine Leonard," 27 May 2018 Wochit An 80-year-old Wayne County man is $300,000 richer thanks to the bingo of a lifetime. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "80-year-old Wayne County man wins $300,000 on bingo lotto ticket," 4 May 2018 One of the seniors, Clara Russell, spoke to a reporter as a staff member made preparations for pokeno, a card game similar to bingo. Chuck Yarborough,, "2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off: Here's who's playing when in the semifinals," 16 Jan. 2018 The festival, featuring live music, carnival rides, bingo, military exhibits and food, runs over Tuesday and Wednesday at Naval Station Great Lakes’s Ross Field, surrounded by the naval base, which has buildings dating back to 1906. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Naval Station Great Lakes July 4th festival complete with carnival rides, live music, fireworks," 4 July 2018 To replace the event, Jenkins Place Senior Center will offer bingo at noon that day. Joseph Clark,, "Suspect transferred to Lorain County Sheriff's Office: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2018 Senior center to hold bingo, lunch Monday The Gloria McClellan Senior Center offers Bingo for Prizes at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and also on Monday at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Linda Mcintosh,, "Girl Scouts inspire chef to create dessert," 5 Mar. 2018 The bingo game took place in front of the Friends of North Richmond facility at 1305 Clay Road with Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore welcoming residents followed by Pastor Emma Short sharing prayer for the community and the games. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Richmond Game Night called a success," 3 July 2018 In the worst cases, bullying goes far beyond bingo squabbles. Matt Sedensky,, "Senior center bullies: "It's like `Mean Girls,' but everyone is 80”," 14 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 \

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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