- (especially in Great Britain) a semi-public advisory and administrative body supported by the government and having most of its members appointed by the government.
Origin of quango
1975–80; qu(asi)-a(utonomous) n(on-)g(overnmental) o(rganization) or qu(asi)-a(utonomous) n(ational) g(overnmental) o(rganization)
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Examples from the Web for quango
From the table-land of Cassanga you may survey nearly the whole of the valley watered by the Quango.The Desert World
We were soon on the banks of the Quango, and after some difficulties reached the opposite bank.
On the 28th of February they reached the banks of the Quango, where they were again received by Cypriano.Great African Travellers
We were now on the banks of the Quango, a river one hundred and fifty yards wide, and very deep.
As soon as we could move toward the Quango we did so, meeting in our course several trading-parties, both native and Portuguese.
- a semipublic government-financed administrative body whose members are appointed by the government
C20: qu (asi-) a (utonomous) n (on) g (overnmental) o (rganization)
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Word Origin and History for quango
1973, acronym for quasi-non-governmental organization (a descriptive phrase itself attested from 1967). Related: Quangocracy; quangocrat.
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