bolo

noun
bo·​lo | \ ˈbō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce bolo (audio) \
plural bolos

Definition of bolo

: a long heavy single-edged knife of Philippine origin used to cut vegetation and as a weapon

First Known Use of bolo

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bolo

Philippine Spanish

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bolo

Statistics for bolo

Cite this Entry

“Bolo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolo. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bolo

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bolo

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!