pol·​ka | \ ˈpōl-kə How to pronounce polka (audio) , ˈpō-kə How to pronounce polka (audio) \

Definition of polka

1 : a lively couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time with a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step
2 : a lively originally Bohemian dance tune in ²/₄ time

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Other Words from polka

polka intransitive verb

Examples of polka in a Sentence

The band played a polka.

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Street style stars carried versions with polka-dot print, though those cylindrical-shaped styles come in solid leather and wicker basket, too. Vogue, "The 5 Spring Bag Trends to Know, From the Coolest Women Around the World," 10 Mar. 2019 From sweet, printed dresses and polka-dot tops to baseball tees and sneakers, now's the time to stock up on your favorite Gymboree finds. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Gymboree Is Reportedly Closing—Here's What to Get Before It's Gone for Good," 15 Jan. 2019 In other years, the themes have been hip hop, swing, waltz, polka, etc. Maura Sullivan Hill, Cosmopolitan, "All the Figure Skating Lingo You Need to Know Before the Olympics," 6 Feb. 2018 The first Summerfest, held in scores of Milwaukee-area venues from July 20-28, 1968, had everything from polka music to Mexican ballet to psychedelic pop music to a classical orchestra to an air show. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Summerfest, in 1968, had a little bit of everything (yes, including rain)," 26 June 2018 Among its upcoming free outdoor events at the Piazza Ernesto Strada are a performance by a Sixties tribute band on June 28, polka music on Aug. 9, and a program of award-winning short films on Sept. 7. New York Times, "Westbury, N.Y.: A Bucolic Village in Suburbia," 6 June 2018 In the shadows, a dragon with a polka-dot tail lashes at the rafters, while blue-faced Tibetan demons grimace, their goggle-eyes yellowed by smoke. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Like the rest of the family, Kate is wearing blue and white—a collared polka-dot dress to be specific. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Blue Coat-Dress for an Outing in South Yorkshire," 14 Nov. 2018 Diabetes drugs bill soar to £1bn-a-year #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/uygB9J4Vso — Helena Lee (@BBCHelenaLee) November 8, 2018 Kate is pictured wearing a gorgeous polka-dot dress, which looks like this one below from Alessandra Rich. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis Looks So Much Like George in New Photo with Prince Charles and Kate Middleton," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of polka

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polka

Czech, from Polka Polish woman, feminine of Polák Pole

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English Language Learners Definition of polka

: a lively dance for couples
: the music for a polka


pol·​ka | \ ˈpōl-kə How to pronounce polka (audio) \

Kids Definition of polka

: a lively dance for couples or the music for it

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