Definition of quango noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkwæŋɡəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwæŋɡoʊ//
(pl. quangos) (often disapproving)
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(in Britain) an organization dealing with public matters, started by the government, but working independently and with its own legal powers The government appoints hundreds of people to voluntary bodies, quangos and committees of all kinds. Word Origin1970s (originally US): acronym from quasi (or quasi-autonomous) non-government(al) organization. Culture Examples of quangos are the Arts Councils and the Equal Opportunities Commission. (The word 'quango' comes from the first letters of 'quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization'.)