\ ˈkōlt How to pronounce colt (audio) \

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 In the stretch, however, Carmouche smooched at his colt, rubbed its neck and got every ounce of speed to win by a nose. New York Times, "Running for the Roses, the Record Books and His Father," 28 Apr. 2021 Essential Quality trainer Brad Cox had to do some sweating during the post-position assignments as the dreaded rail gate wasn’t pulled until the 18th draw, and his top colt hadn’t been assigned a post yet. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Essential Quality set as horse to beat in Kentucky Derby," 27 Apr. 2021 Racing in the fourth trial, the Corona Cartel colt will start from post three and will be ridden by Armando Viramontes. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings," 23 Apr. 2021 Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has plenty of positive comments about his colt. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, "Arkansas Derby Betting Preview And Picks As Undefeated Concert Tour Makes Final Prep Before 2021 Kentucky Derby," 9 Apr. 2021 The colt has rebounded impressively since that controversial outing at Churchill Downs, winning six of eight starts with two seconds. Gary B. Graves,, "Improbable is 5-2 favorite for Breeders’ Cup Classic," 2 Nov. 2020 Many of last year’s shootings appeared on the group’s Facebook page — a colt killed in Levan, a calf shot with an arrow in Rich County and a horse named Bob killed in Tooele County. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Shootings of Utah cows, horses skyrocketed during the pandemic. And no one really knows why.," 12 Apr. 2021 Dream Shake didn’t even run as a 2-year-old, instead making his debut on Feb. 7, winning by 4¾ lengths over a maiden field that included Bezos, a $400,000 Baffert colt. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Bob Baffert once again has a Santa Anita Derby favorite in Medina Spirit," 2 Apr. 2021 San Felipe winner Life Is Good has established himself as Kentucky Derby contender No. 1 in Bob Baffert’s barn, but the Hall of Fame trainer has another undefeated colt many believe could be just as talented. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Baffert-trained Concert Tour looks to take next step in Saturday's Rebel at Oaklawn," 11 Mar. 2021

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

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1 May 2021

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“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colt

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


\ ˈkōlt How to pronounce colt (audio) \

Kids Definition of colt

: a young male horse

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