noun, plural quan·gos.

(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.


Nearby words

  1. quamish,
  2. quanah,
  3. quandary,
  4. quandary peak,
  5. quandong,
  6. quangocracy,
  7. quant,
  8. quant, mary,
  9. quanta,
  10. quantal

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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British Dictionary definitions for quango


noun plural -gos

a semipublic government-financed administrative body whose members are appointed by the government

Word Origin for quango

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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