com·bo | \ˈkäm-(ˌ)bō \
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

The lightweight formula, packed with vitamin B5, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and SPF 30, is a dream combo that moisturizes, firms and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 SPF trends your face needs this summer," 29 June 2018 B-Roc: The leather notebook is a combo of a lot of things. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, The Knocks?," 18 May 2018 Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Vacationing or not, my favorite food and drink combo of all time is French toast and an Oreo milkshake. Juliet Pennington,, "The VIP Lounge with Quiana Holmes, one of the Supremes in ‘Motown the Musical’," 30 May 2018 But once the two women join forces, their good cop/bad cop combo yields results, giving the guys a sense of camaraderie and communal strength. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sink or Swim' ('Le Grand bain'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 Armaan Franklin, a four-star combo guard from Indianapolis, was on campus on Tuesday, has confirmed. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State makes cut for DJ Carton; Armaan Franklin visits: Buckeyes basketball recruiting," 11 May 2018 Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers: With a school ID, teachers and faculty can get one free box combo. The Enquirer,, "Free Chipotle, Raising Cane's and other deals for National Teacher Appreciation Week," 7 May 2018 The 25-year old singer rocked a glittering silver dress with a bright pink cut-out portion as husband rocked a sharp black suit and bow tie combo. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Spend Date Night at Elton John's 26th Annual Oscars Watch Party," 5 Mar. 2018 To transform yourself into Alice, start with a light blue puff sleeve dress or shirt and skit combo. Shelley Wolson, Woman's Day, "DIY Alice In Wonderland Costume," 11 Aug. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of combo

: a small musical group that plays jazz or dance music

: a combination of different things

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a state of commotion or excitement

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