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

Admission includes one bingo packet (approximately nine games). Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Dino Daze, A Night of Family Stargazing," 11 July 2019 Food vendors, selling tacos, pizza, hamburgers, Asian and Hispanic fare, ringed the park’s south end near the tent with picnic tables for bingo and dining. Denys Bucksten,, "Wienermobile, Navy Band help draw out the crowd during Mundelein Community Days," 8 July 2019 The report faults Fairgrounds Management for issuing inaccurate and misleading financial reports and violating local bingo regulations, among other issues. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Grand Jury: Santa Clara County Fair still badly mismanaged," 6 July 2019 Stop in on Tuesday nights after 7 p.m. for Lotería, rapid-fire Mexican bingo that complements the brews well. The Know Staff, The Know, "12 under-the-radar breweries that you should be drinking at this summer," 3 July 2019 Play travel bingo or the license plate game (the Melissa & Doug travel version adds a geography lesson). Kate Rockwood, Woman's Day, "How to Make the Most of Your Next Family Adventure," 25 June 2019 Christine loved 50's music (especially Elvis), dancing, singing, bingo and movies., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/5," 4 June 2019 Beginning July 4, there will be food, live music and bingo through Sunday. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Here is where to see fireworks and parades on the Fourth," 27 June 2019 The Windsor Locks Fire Department Annual Carnival has food, rides, games, bingo, and a parade on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks raindate June 29. Susan Dunne,, "Here’s where you’ll find 4th of July fireworks in Greater Hartford," 24 June 2019

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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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