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[kuh n-tang-goh] /kənˈtæŋ goʊ/
noun, plural contangos, contangoes.
(on the London stock exchange) a fee paid by a buyer of securities to the seller for the privilege of deferring payment.
Also called continuation.
Compare backwardation.
Origin of contango
1850-55; said to be alteration of continue or contingent Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for contango


noun (pl) -gos
(formerly, on the London Stock Exchange) postponement of payment for and delivery of stock from one account day to the next
Also called carry-over, continuation. the fee paid for such a postponement Compare backwardation
verb -goes, -going, -goed
(transitive) to arrange such a postponement of payment (for): my brokers will contango these shares
Word Origin
C19: apparently an arbitrary coinage based on continue
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Word Origin and History for contango

1853, a stockbroker's invention, perhaps somehow derived from continue, or from Spanish contengo "I contain, refrain, restrain, check." As a verb, from 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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