quan·​go ˈkwaŋ-ˌgō How to pronounce quango (audio)
plural quangos
: a partly autonomous regulatory agency
especially : one in Britain organized outside the civil service but financed and appointed by the government

Examples of quango in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s where the private business part of the quango model kicks in. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan. 2023 The Arts Council, a quango that distributes money from the government and the National Lottery, has opened its purse. The Economist, 22 June 2020 And books were a means to his glorious end: to make his home town stand proudly on its own two feet, freed from the shackles of the useless town council, the Welsh Tourist Board and the quangos of the Development Board for Rural Wales. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019

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Word History


quasi-nongovernmental organization

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quango was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Quango.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quango. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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