\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Omaha Beach finished second in the BC Dirt Mile in 2019, the same year the colt was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Beth Harris,, 8 June 2021 Rombauer ran third to Essential Quality and Highly Motivated in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 3 in the colt’s previous race. Mark Inabinett |, al, 16 May 2021 The colt was the best finisher at Churchill Downs planning to compete at Preakness. Alex Kay, Forbes, 15 May 2021 The 3-year-old colt is on the verge of being the second horse ever disqualified from the Kentucky Derby for a medication violation in 147 years. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 The colt is co-owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2021 On May 4, 1968, a gray colt named Dancer’s Image roared from the back of a 14-horse pack to win the Kentucky Derby. Childs Walker,, 13 May 2021 His chief challenger figures to be stablemate Concert Tour, a colt withheld from the Derby after a lackluster effort in the Arkansas Derby. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2021 On another first Saturday in May, the beauty of America’s oldest sport battled neck and neck down the stretch with its unseemliness as a colt named Medina Spirit elegantly held off a determined challenge from Mandaloun. New York Times, 1 May 2021

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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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The first known use of colt was before the 12th century

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18 Jun 2021

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“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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