\ 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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Good effort likely, even though this colt is 0-for-3 at Saratoga. Bob Clancy,, "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 30 Aug. 2019 This 4-year-old colt has never been off the board in 11 starts but this is his first Grade 1 start. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! It’s a wide open Pacific Classic," 17 Aug. 2019 The big colt came down with an infection two days after the Derby and has not run since. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Country House’s Trainer Can’t Quite Embrace His Kentucky Derby Win," 9 Aug. 2019 Both were unraced colts, Charge A Bunch was 2 and Carson Valley was 3. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Racing! A difficult morning at Del Mar," 19 July 2019 Secretariat holds the Belmont record of 2:24.0, set when the colt won the 1973 race by 31 lengths and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: When is post time for Saturday’s race?," 8 June 2019 In the final furlong, the two colts were so close to each other that Cauthen could not use the whip right-handed. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Affirmed comes in at No. 5 in Triple Crown poll," 4 June 2018 The second favorite is a very lightly raced colt for Bob Baffert and Joe Talamo. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congratulations to Sir Winston," 9 June 2019 The colt will be the only competitor to tackle all three Triple Crown races this season. Mark Inabinett |,, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 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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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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