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


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A window made with many bullseyes.

Alternative formsEdit


From bull's +‎ eye. (philately): From the shape of the key plate or vignette.



bullseye (plural bullseyes)

  1. (military, firearms) The centre of a target, inside the inner and magpie.
  2. A shot which hits the centre of a target.
  3. (darts) The two central rings on a dartboard.
  4. A hard striped peppermint-flavoured boiled sweet.
  5. (nautical, obsolete) Thick glass set into the side of a ship to let in light.
    Synonym: porthole
  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, chapter XII, in The Picture of Dorian Gray:
      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.
  9. (architecture) An oculus.
  10. (Britain, slang) A £50 banknote.
  11. (philately, informal) Any of the first postage stamps produced in Brazil from 1843.

Derived termsEdit


  • German: Bullauge (calque)




  1. A cry when someone hits the bullseye of a target.
  2. (by extension) A response to a totally accurate statement.
    —Did John steal the petty cash? —Bullseye.


See alsoEdit


  • (philately): Douglas and Mary Patrick, The Musson Stamp Dictionary, Toronto, Musson Book Company, 1972.