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.

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That update also included mix-and-match jersey-pants combos, the worst of which is the white jersey-black pants look. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "NFL's worst-ever uniforms, from Color Rush and throwbacks to regrettable rebrandings," 2 Sep. 2019 The Bruins’ top two centers are no Hughes-Nico Hischier combo, in that they are proven, and no longer pups. Matt Porter,, "What will the next generation of Bruins bring?," 31 Aug. 2019 Pre-film dinner combo, $30 includes tax, gratuity, and beverage. Greg Burnett,, "The Italian Film Festival will feature mostly comedies with a dash of drama," 30 Aug. 2019 Sweet, juicy plum and bright summer tomatoes are an unexpected and fantastic combo, especially with a balsamic drizzle. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Snack your way to dinner with these 8 recipes," 22 Aug. 2019 The perfect Fantasy Premier League combo for a defender., "Fantasy Premier League: The 10 Players Who Scooped Man of the Match in Gameweek 2," 20 Aug. 2019 The restaurant chain actually claims there are 1,572,864 possible hash brown combos, which isn’t totally a lie. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Your guide to Waffle House hash browns," 13 Aug. 2019 The menu also includes a dozen honey milkshake combos ($5.50-$6.25). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Put these 10 frozen desserts on your Phoenix summer bucket list," 26 July 2019 Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the team with the largest stringer combo, the largest individual redfish and the largest individual trout. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "La Porte chamber offers fishing tourney for anglers, kids," 17 July 2019

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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
informal : a combination of different things

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to make a temporary encampment

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