\ 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 The Into Mischief colt is 2-1-1 in four career starts and most recently finished third in the Grade 3 Gotham on March 6 at Aqueduct. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Post positions, odds set for Saturday's Blue Grass and Ashland at Keeneland," 30 Mar. 2021 The highly promising colt may prove to be this good. Rick Lee, Arkansas Online, "Rick Lee's selections and analysis," 13 Mar. 2021 The colt was owned at the time by Cypress Creek Equine, which issued a statement to The Thoroughbred Daily News suggesting that Guillot was no longer employed there. New York Times, "Trainer Barred in New York and Other States for Giving Horse a Racist Name," 9 Jan. 2021 The two-month-old colt is a Przewalski’s horse, a species native to Central Asia that went extinct in the wild and is critically endangered, with only about 2,000 remaining. Jonathan Wosen San Diego Union-tribune, Star Tribune, "Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse," 22 Oct. 2020 The strong finishing colt is likely to benefit from a contentious pace. Rick Lee, Arkansas Online, "Rick Lee's selections and analysis," 13 Mar. 2021 With Mike Smith in the saddle, the Kentucky-bred Into Mischief colt clicked off fractions of :22.63, :46.83 and 1:10.55 for six furlongs. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: New leader in Kentucky Derby rankings," 12 Mar. 2021 Authentic did everything that Joan O’Brien had envisioned a colt, and her son-in-law, would. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Authentic Gets ‘Emotional’ Breeders’ Cup Win for John Velazquez," 7 Nov. 2020 Bodenheimer put in a solid final workout Saturday at the track, and Brian Hernandez Jr., who rode the colt in his past two races, will be back aboard for the Breeders’ Cup. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "Bodenheimer gives Canterbury trainer Valorie Lund another taste of Breeders' Cup," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Colt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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