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[kwang-goh] /ˈkwæŋ goʊ/
noun, plural quangos.
(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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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noun (pl) -gos
a semipublic government-financed administrative body whose members are appointed by the government
Word Origin
C20: qu(asi-)a(utonomous) n(on)g(overnmental) o(rganization)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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