com·​bo | \ ˈkäm-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce combo (audio) \
plural combos

Definition of combo

1 : a usually small jazz or dance band
2 informal : combination an appealing color combo

Examples of combo in a Sentence

The carpet design comes in three different color combos.
Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, halloumi is made from goat's or sheep's milk (or a combo of the two), but cow’s milk is also used today. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Is Halloumi Cheese and How Do You Prepare It?," 4 Aug. 2020 But Arnold’s deadpan delivery of Cameron’s airtight script only enhance his inherent believabilty as a bonafide action star, solidifying an actor-director combo for the ages. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 10 best movies ranked," 30 July 2020 The apricot-lime glaze, with a touch of hot sauce, makes the perfect combo of sweet, sour, and spicy. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Apricot-Glazed Chicken and Corn," 29 June 2020 And a Bailey-Arrington combo would have been a major boost to Indianapolis' defense. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 6-10, Edgerrin James & playoff disappointments," 11 July 2020 The smart red-and-white lighthouse sets the tone for the property: the aesthetic here recalls that of an English seaside town, with a South African twist — a fitting combo given that it’s the brainchild of British boutique hotel brand Red Carnation. Lila Battis, Travel + Leisure, "Top 5 Africa Resort Hotels," 8 July 2020 The girls prepared the dough, lavished it with toppings (some combo of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, salt, olive oil, sausages, oregano) and slid their creations into the glowing oven. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets surge ahead of today’s big jobs report," 2 July 2020 This new frozen dessert shop will celebrate with their 4th of July Gelati ($3.89-$7.99) — a combo of strawberry and blueberry Italian ice layered with Jeremiah’s housemade soft ice cream. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "21 metro Phoenix restaurants with deals and specials for 4th of July," 29 June 2020 Action Presidents by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey: This comic series covers each of the U.S. presidents with a kid-friendly combo of history and jokes. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How ‘Hamilton’ and other movies can spark a learning revolution," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of combo

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for combo

combination + -o entry 1

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The first known use of combo was in 1921

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11 Aug 2020

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“Combo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of combo

: a small musical group that plays jazz or dance music
informal : a combination of different things

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