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[bee-noh] /ˈbi noʊ/
Origin of beano1
1930-35; blend of bean and keno


[bee-noh] /ˈbi noʊ/
noun, plural beanos. Chiefly British Slang.
First recorded in 1885-90; bean(feast) + -o Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Had they known of the word they would doubtless have called it a "beano."

  • The chairman said that he remembered the last beano very well.

  • The intelligent foreigner may take it that beano simply means the worship of Bacchus.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • I don't wish to butter you up, or to gush, but I must honestly say that I feel tip-top proud of my old beano.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • They said they didn't see why they should take risks for St. Elgiva's, and you might run your own beano.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • The confederates had decided to wait until the magic hour of midnight before they began their beano.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Then I got three more with the gat before somebody landed me a lallapaloosa on the beano and I took the count.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • What the hell was the use of all this discussion before they had even decided to have a beano at all!

  • After some hesitation, Easton agreed, and formally moved: 'That this meeting is in favour of a beano.'

  • Jimminy, I wouldn't mind 'alf an hour in there, and the doors open and the police away at a beano.

British Dictionary definitions for beano


noun (pl) beanos
(Brit, slang) a celebration, party, or other enjoyable time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beano

1888, colloquial shortening of beanfest "annual dinner given by employers for their workers" (1805); they had a reputation for rowdiness. From bean (n.) + fest (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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