: foal
especially : a male foal
: a young male horse that is usually not castrated and has not attained an arbitrarily designated age (such as four years)
: a young untried person

Examples of colt in a Sentence

a colt who looked to the team's more experienced players for advice
Recent Examples on the Web But so far, the colt and filly have defied the odds. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 30 May 2024 The colt was owned by Amr Zedan, a Saudi businessman. Joe Drape, New York Times, 17 May 2024 The 3-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history. 2021 — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley no-hits Cleveland Indians, 3-0 at Progressive Field, Cleveland. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 The bay colt was followed in the morning line odds by Sierra Leone at 3-1 and Catching Freedom at 8-1. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for colt 

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Swedish dialect kult half-grown pig

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Colt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colt. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: foal entry 1
especially : a young male horse
: an inexperienced young person

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