: foal
especially : a male foal
: a young male horse that is usually not castrated and has not attained an arbitrarily designated age (such as four years)
: a young untried person

Examples of colt in a Sentence

a colt who looked to the team's more experienced players for advice
Recent Examples on the Web The colt was disqualified after testing positive for betamethasone, a potent corticosteroid used to reduce pain and inflammation. Joe Drape, New York Times, 17 May 2024 After Muth’s Arkansas win, the colt’s owner, Amr Zedan, sued Churchill Downs in an attempt to allow the colt to run in the Kentucky Derby. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for colt 

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Swedish dialect kult half-grown pig

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of colt was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Colt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colt. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: foal entry 1
especially : a young male horse
: an inexperienced young person

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