quan·​go | \ ˈkwaŋ-ˌgō How to pronounce quango (audio) \
plural quangos

Definition of quango

: 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 The Arts Council, a quango that distributes money from the government and the National Lottery, has opened its purse. The Economist, "Will the show go on? Covid-19 is an existential threat to Britain’s theatres," 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, "Obituary: Richard Booth died on August 20th," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of quango

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quango

quasi-nongovernmental organization

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“Quango.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quango. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quango

British : an organization that deals with public matters and is supported by the government but that works independently and has its own legal powers

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