\ 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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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 Justify isn't the only colt testing the Curse of Apollo in the Kentucky Derby. Mark Inabinett,, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Justify, Magnum Moon to test Curse of Apollo," 2 May 2018 On June 6, Navajo Nation member Sanora Isaac and her friend saw a colt collapse near Gray Mountain. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Drought raises demand for water deliveries to wildlife, but it's a short-term fix," 27 June 2018 That's how the muscled-up, chestnut colt seemingly preferred it. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Justify doesn't need popularity. He has the Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 Paul Reddam bought the colt for $260,000 earlier this year. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Here’s hoping for even cooler temperatures," 10 July 2018 Justify’s victory silenced the skeptics who believed the colt was due for a loss because of his rushed schedule and close result in the Preakness. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Owners: Triple Crown winner Justify will race again," 10 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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