\ 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

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’s four races have been at different parks. Mark Inabinett |, al, 2 May 2022 Brown has expressed some doubt about bringing his relatively inexperienced colt back for the Kentucky Derby just four week after the Wood. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 18 Apr. 2022 Kentucky racing officials last week disqualified Medina Spirit as the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, after the colt tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, in post-race testing. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Though the bay colt would never win another race after the 1994 Derby — losing his last nine races before being retired to stud — few thoroughbreds have matched his longevity or come closer to a Triple Crown. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 Sophomore colt won the Pennsylvania Derby most recently. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 The Favorite Cartel colt won his Super Derby trial in October and just missed making the final before returning a good second in his Southern California trial on Nov. 29. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2020 King Guillermo, the colt that drew the sixth gate, was scratched from the race on Thursday. Mark Inabinett |, al, 5 Sep. 2020 Results of a necropsy released Feb. 11 could not precisely determine what caused the colt’s death. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of colt

: a young male horse

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