American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete row of numbers is the winner.
- interj. Used to express the sudden completion of an event, occurrence of an idea, or confirmation of a guess.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game of dominoes essentially identical with the card game of sixty-six. See sixty-six.
- n. uncountable A game of chance for two or more players, who mark off numbers on a grid as they are announced by the caller; the game is won by the first person to call out "bingo!" or "house!" after crossing off all numbers on the grid or in one line of the grid.
- n. countable A win in such a game.
- n. countable, Scrabble A play where all seven letter tiles are played.
- interj. Used by players of bingo to claim a win.
- interj. informal Used when finding what one has been looking for or trying to recall.
- interj. informal Similarly, used to declare "You've just made my point!" or "My point exactly!".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a game commonly used for low-stakes gambling, in which numbered balls or slips are drawn at random and players cover the correponding numbers on their cards, called Bingo cards, which have square arrangement of such numbers. Each card has a different arrangement of the numbers, and the first player to cover all numbers in one row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) is the winner, usually announcing that fact by a cry of “Bingo!”
- n. a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
- Alternate form of bing, suggesting a ringing sound (1925). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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