May 04, 2013
bingo (noun)
\BING-goh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a game that is played by covering a numbered space on a card when the number is matched by one chosen at random and that is won by the first player to cover five spaces in a row
How do you use it?
Grant loved playing bingo anyway, but he was thrilled when "B-6" was called and he won the game!
Are you a word wiz?

The game we now call "bingo" has been played since at least the late 1700s, but back then it had a different name. How long ago do you think we started calling it "bingo"?

The game we know as "bingo" has been around since at least the 1770s, when it was played as a British children's game called "lotto" (that name comes from the Italian word for "lottery.") The original American version was called "keno" or "po-keno." At first, the word "bingo" wasn't associated with the game. In the 1920s, people started using that word to announce any unexpected event or instant result (as in "Bingo! I found a dollar!"). But soon players of bingo-type games began calling out "bingo" when they won, and before long people started called the game "bingo" too.
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