\ 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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Much as Americans delighted in American Pharoah completing the Triple Crown in 2015, the sight of Victor Espinoza whipping the colt 32 times en route to the finish line at Churchill Downs could easily have been construed as animal abuse. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Horse racing should make whip violations more painful for jockeys," 10 June 2019 The colt finished the race at 2:28.30 and was ridden by jockey Joel Rosario. Jenna West,, "Sir Winston Wins 2019 Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 Instead, Casse’s other’s colt took the lead after a ground-saving ride by Joel Rosario and held off Tacitus by a length. Tom Canavan, The Denver Post, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont," 8 June 2019 The colt trained by Dale Romans has an identical record to Audible, three wins and a third place. Tom Jicha,, "Pletcher colt Audible favored among nine in $1 million Florida Derby," 28 Mar. 2018 But after settling in the middle of the pack, the winner of the previous two Fair Grounds prep races — the Lecomte Stakes and Risen Star Stakes — faded and finished ninth in what was the colt’s first loss on a dirt track. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "By My Standards a surprise winner of $1M Louisiana Derby," 24 Mar. 2019 In 2002, War Emblem nearly fell to his knees when the starting gate sprang open, and Baffert knew the ornery colt was done. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify ready for run at Triple Crown history in Belmont," 9 June 2018 The three-year-old colt was purchased last year in England by Phoenix. Nihal Kolur,, "Rob Gronkowski's Horse Given 69–1 Odds to Win the Belmont Stakes," 25 May 2018 The colt is owned by WinStar Farm, one of Justify’s multiple owners. Beth Harris,, "Justify looks to be the class of Preakness field, too," 6 May 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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