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[kee-noh] /ˈki noʊ/
a game of chance, adapted from lotto for gambling purposes.
Origin of keno
1805-15, Americanism; < French quine five (winning numbers) (≪ Latin quinī five each) + (lott)o Unabridged
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  • His fingers tightened involuntarily the reins, so that keno stopped and eyed his master inquiringly.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • His horse had disappeared, but Curly helped him to the back of keno.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • Good Indian started for the little pasture, where keno was feeding and switching methodically at the flies.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • There's a sight of talk about the doin's of them faro an' keno sharps.

    The Denver Express A. A. Hayes
  • He went down to the stable, started to saddle keno, and then decided that he would not.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • With that in his mind, he mounted—and turned keno's head toward Hartley.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • keno will keep guard, if we tell him; though whoever comes here, anyway?

    Jessica, the Heiress Evelyn Raymond
  • A week has rolled into the past since the event at the keno den.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • Then the night came on and the streets of keno were empty, except for the flying dirt.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • The Paymaster was dead, and keno was dead; and their eight hundred dollars was gone.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for keno


(US & Canadian) a game of chance similar to bingo
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for keno

game of chance (akin to bingo), 1814, American English, probably from French quine "five winning numbers in a lottery," from Latin quini "five each," distributive of quinque "five" (see five). The numbers are arranged in rows of five.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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