from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 or other pattern of numbers is the winner.
  • noun A win in the game of bingo.
  • interjection Used to announce that one has won a game of bingo.
  • interjection Used to express the sudden completion of an event, occurrence of an idea, or confirmation of a guess.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A game of dominoes essentially identical with the card game of sixty-six. See sixty-six.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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!”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun countable A win in such a game.
  • noun countable, Scrabble A play where all seven letter tiles are played.
  • interjection Used by players of bingo to claim a win.
  • interjection informal Used when finding what one has been looking for or trying to recall.
  • interjection informal Similarly, used to declare "You've just made my point!" or "My point exactly!".

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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Alternate form of bing, suggesting a ringing sound (1925).


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