\ˈkōlt \

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 colt’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, has really figured out the Belmont, winning three and finishing second five times with horses that rested the five weeks between Derby weekend and the Belmont. Dick Jerardi,, "Bob Baffert a good reason to believe in Justify winning at Belmont Stakes," 7 June 2018 But this year there are two colts — Justify and Magnum Moon — who appear to have a legit chance to win the May 5 Kentucky Derby even though neither raced as a 2-year-old. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Santa Anita cancels card; Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby horses," 23 Mar. 2018 This colt’s success over the Churchill Downs surface adds to the appeal. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "'s free expert pick for Friday at Churchill Downs," 28 June 2018 The 3-year-old colt improved to 6-0 in its racing career that began in February. CBS News, "Justify captures Triple Crown, wins 150th Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 The precocious, unbeaten son of Scat Daddy announced himself as a viable Triple Crown contender by dominating a field of 20 3-year-old colts at Churchill Downs in the wettest Run for the Roses in history. Jeff Duncan,, "Lone Sailor might take another crack at Justify after troubled Kentucky Derby 2018," 5 May 2018 Justify's win at the Derby was the first time in 136 years that a colt who didn't race as a two-year-old won the Derby, breaking the Curse of Apollo. Khadrice Rollins,, "What Time Is the Preakness Stakes?," 19 May 2018 This time, for all time, a chestnut colt that had defied convention by not campaigning as a 2-year-old emphatically completed a sweep of the 3-year-old classics and a second Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Triple Crown winner Justify makes it look easy in Belmont victory," 9 June 2018 The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby. CBS News, "Justify captures Triple Crown, wins 150th Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018

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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

: 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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