\ 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

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The second favorite is a very lightly raced colt for Bob Baffert and Joe Talamo. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congratulations to Sir Winston," 9 June 2019 The colt will be the only competitor to tackle all three Triple Crown races this season. Mark Inabinett |,, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 War of Will will be the only horse to run in the three Triple Crown races this season, but Casse said his colt wasn’t waning and had put on weight since the Preakness. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: No Triple Crown at stake, but Kentucky Derby still looms large," 7 June 2019 Much as Americans delighted in American Pharoah completing the Triple Crown in 2015, the sight of Victor Espinoza whipping the colt 32 times en route to the finish line at Churchill Downs could easily have been construed as animal abuse. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Horse racing should make whip violations more painful for jockeys," 10 June 2019 The colt finished the race at 2:28.30 and was ridden by jockey Joel Rosario. Jenna West,, "Sir Winston Wins 2019 Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 Instead, Casse’s other’s colt took the lead after a ground-saving ride by Joel Rosario and held off Tacitus by a length. Tom Canavan, The Denver Post, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont," 8 June 2019 The colt trained by Dale Romans has an identical record to Audible, three wins and a third place. Tom Jicha,, "Pletcher colt Audible favored among nine in $1 million Florida Derby," 28 Mar. 2018 But after settling in the middle of the pack, the winner of the previous two Fair Grounds prep races — the Lecomte Stakes and Risen Star Stakes — faded and finished ninth in what was the colt’s first loss on a dirt track. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "By My Standards a surprise winner of $1M Louisiana Derby," 24 Mar. 2019

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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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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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