\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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Unchanged are Baffert’s abilities to pick up on things others overlook and to put colts in position to chase the Triple Crown. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "What makes Bob Baffert special? Keen eyes behind those sunglasses," 4 June 2018 When to let the colt or filly have its way on the track. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Mike Smith, 52, becomes oldest jockey to win Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 One-paced colt has great bloodlines, but lacks speed. Ed Barkowitz,, "Belmont Stakes: Time, odds, picks, TV and streaming info, and remembering Secretariat," 7 June 2018 Mike Gualtieri, son of one of the horse’s owners, Michael Gualtieri of West Hartford, said Monday that the 3-year-old dark bay colt will not go to the Preakness on May 19. Lori Riley,, "My Boy Jack To Skip Preakness, But Will Run Belmont Stakes," 7 May 2018 For race experts, the notion that this relatively unknown colt that had begun its racing career in England could win the Belmont Stakes is far-fetched, but Gronk isn’t afraid to dream. Kalyn Kahler,, "A Saturday at the Belmont With Gronk," 11 June 2018 In the winter of 2002, thoroughbred horse trainer Bob Baffert was entrusted by big-spending owner Satish Sanan with the care and racing career of a very promising two-year-old colt named Vindication. Tim Layden,, "Trainer Bob Baffert, Justify Jockey Mike Smith Relish a Remarkable Ride Before Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018 Twenty years ago, Baffert saddled his second Kentucky Derby winner, sending Real Quiet to the post for the 13th time in the colt's career. Mark Inabinett,, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Justify, Magnum Moon to test Curse of Apollo," 2 May 2018 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

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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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