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  1. bingo.
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Origin of beano1

1930–35; blend of bean and keno


noun, plural bean·os. Chiefly British Slang.
  1. beanfeast.
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Origin of beano2

First recorded in 1885–90; bean(feast) + -o
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Examples from the Web for beano

Historical Examples

  • Had they known of the word they would doubtless have called it a "beano."

    A Camera Actress in the Wilds of Togoland

    Meg Gehrts

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for beano


noun plural beanos
  1. British slang a celebration, party, or other enjoyable time
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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.).

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