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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 Knowlton, from New York's Sackatoga Stable, noted this race was a little different than 17 years ago, when the Sackatoga crew took a school bus to watch their colt Funny Cide try to wrap a Triple Crown sweep at Belmont Park. Jake Einer, The Courier-Journal, "New York-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020 Another undefeated colt out of the race because of injury is Maxfield, who was considered in the top four along with Nadal and Charlatan. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Belmont Stakes lacks star power as horse racing embarks on a jumbled Triple Crown," 19 June 2020 Authentic, the previously undefeated colt trained by Bob Baffert, finished second. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Honor A.P. turns tables on Authentic to win Santa Anita Derby," 7 June 2020 Saturday, another undefeated colt, Authentic, is the favorite in the Grade 1 $400,000 Santa Anita Derby, a major Kentucky Derby prep race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Despite setbacks, Bob Baffert still has Santa Anita Derby favorite in Authentic," 5 June 2020 There can be no sudden burst from confinement, like young colts in spring. The Economist, "Perspectives Even before lockdowns, confinement was part of human life," 16 May 2020 Interesting to note this colt and Vitalogy have the same sire (No Nay Never)., "Clancy’s Call: Breeders Cup Day 1," 31 Oct. 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Conditions: 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup 2019 | Post positions, odds, entries for Juvenile," 28 Oct. 2019 Los Alamitos thoroughbred review The feature race on Saturday was the $75,000 Capote Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings going 6 ½ furlongs. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Math Wizard surprises in the Penn Derby," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of colt

: a young male horse
British : 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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