Definition 2023



See also: bull's-eye and bull's eye


A window made with many bullseyes.

Alternative forms


bullseye (plural bullseyes)

  1. The centre of a target.
  2. (darts) The two central rings on a dartboard.
  3. A peppermint-flavoured confection with stripes on it.
  4. (nautical, obsolete) Thick glass set into the side of a ship to let in light.
  5. A shot which hits the centre of a target.
  6. A hand-cancelled postmark issued by a counter clerk at a post office, typically done on a receipt for proof of mailing.
  7. The central part of a crown glass disk, with concentric ripple effect.
  8. A convex glass lens which is placed in front of a lamp to concentrate the light so as to make it more conspicuous as a signal; also the lantern itself.
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XII:
      He put on his fur coat and hat and went out into the hall. There he paused, hearing the slow heavy tread of the policeman on the pavement outside and seeing the flash of the bull's-eye reflected in the window.

Derived terms

  • bullseye lantern




  1. A cry when someone hits the bullseye of a target.
  2. By extension, a response when someone makes an accurate statement.
    "Did John steal the petty-cash?" "Bullseye"


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