\ 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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Sophomore colt from the Richard Baltas stable turned in an even effort sprinting in his debut but now stretches out around two turns and switches to leading rider Flavien Prat. John Cherwa,, "Racing! People still love the fairs," 21 June 2018 Back in 2015, his undefeated colt Materiality stumbled out of the gate and floundered badly as the dirt began to pelt him., "Eating Dirt on Kentucky Derby Day," 1 May 2018 When Baffert won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015, the colt raced in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. John Cherwa,, "Triple Crown winner Justify is pulled from training because of ankle problem," 10 July 2018 The powerful colt with the blaze running the length of his face showed no signs that the rigors of running a compressed schedule had gotten to him. Beth Harris,, "Justify wins Triple Crown; Gronkowski the horse gets second," 10 June 2018 And for the sleek bay colt who three years ago ran wire-to-wire in the setting sun and lifted a curse that had lingered for nearly four decades. Tim Layden,, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Once that happened, the other nine colts in the field didn’t have a chance. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Mike Smith, 52, becomes oldest jockey to win Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 That leaves a colt with a grinding style and the stamina to last a mile and a half at a huge price. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Belmont Stakes 2018: Latest Odds, Picks and Contenders," 8 June 2018 The three-year-old chestnut colt became the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes after a dominant victory at Belmont Park in New York Saturday. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Justify's value skyrockets to $60M with Triple Crown win at Belmont Park," 11 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
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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