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Definition of colt

1a : foal especially : a male foal
b : a young male horse that is usually not castrated and has not attained an arbitrarily designated age (such as four years)
2 : a young untried person

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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 chestnut colt is the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown and one of three maidens (winless entries in racing parlance) to win the Derby. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Bobby Orr scores iconic Cup-clinching goal for Bruins in 1970," 10 May 2020 And in other Omaha Beach news, reported that the plan is the colt will run in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes and Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 25 before heading to the breeding shed at Spendthrift Farm. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Jerry Hollendorfer loses in L.A. court," 18 Oct. 2019 The colt ran six furlongs in 1:09.00 coming off a two-month layoff., "Serengeti Empress was third.," 1 Aug. 2019 But Casse had another colt running in Saturday's race, and Sir Winston surged to a 1-length victory over race favorite Tacitus. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Watch Sir Winston win," 8 June 2019 Baffert's colt ran the sixth-fastest Belmont ever, running a close race until the final few lengths. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: The most memorable Belmont Stakes runs of the past 20 years," 7 June 2019 The performance was all the more stunning because the big chestnut colt had run his maiden race just 76 days earlier. Childs Walker,, "Preakness 2018 preview: Justify's rapid ascent puts race favorite in same company as American Pharoah," 17 May 2018 Maximum Security won the Eclipse Award as horse racing's top 3-year-old colt in 2019. NBC News, "Horse racing trainers and veterinarians charged in international doping scandal," 9 Mar. 2020 The colt's owners, Gary and Mary West, continue to pursue an appeal of his Kentucky Derby disqualification in federal court. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security's trainer indicted for racing drug scheme," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of colt

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

History and Etymology for colt

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

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16 May 2020

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“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of colt

: a young male horse
British : a member of a sports team for young people


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Kids Definition of colt

: a young male horse

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