pol·​ka | \ˈpōl-kə, ˈpō-kə \

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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Shop indie merchants at summer venue The Market, and take in the polka band over a beer at the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Weekend Getaway: Asbury Park, NJ," 31 July 2016 Nine contests around the state feature polka, Cajun, zydeco and conjunto accordion music. Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle, "Local accordion playing youth square off in The Big Squeeze," 18 Feb. 2018 The Jim Madritsch Band, a classic jazz band, plays July 12, Steve Beguhn, a pop/indie artist, performs July 19 and Steve Meisner, a polka artist, will be playing July 26. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 But the polka-loving parodist couldn't resist sneaking in a different cover each night during the encore. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Check Out a Supercut of all 77 Cover Songs 'Weird Al' Yankovic Performed on His Tour," 15 June 2018 The Miss Dyngus Day 2018 contest was tough this year, with contestants reciting their own Polish haiku poems, performing polka dances and downing pierogi. Lisa Dejong, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Dyngus Day 2018 (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018 But even if your taste skews more modest, a Bo-ish neutral suit of your own will give you distinction in the sea of yawny black maillots and cutesy polka-dot bikinis. Christine Whitney, WSJ, "The Best Alternatives to the Boring Black Swimsuit," 11 July 2018 Dot, who will rock a polka-dot frock but lacks her predecessor's mania for circles, is brainy and mathematical (and black here). Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Netflix’s clever ‘Harvey Street Kids’ revives classic comics with modern-day fun," 28 June 2018 Wearing a black polka-dot dress with a signature red lip, Gomez posed for selfies with eager fans and clowned around with some of the youngest in the venue’s photobooth. Melania Hidalgo, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Surprises Fans at Hospital Prom — and Sticks Around for Selfies," 25 June 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 \

Kids Definition of polka

: a lively dance for couples or the music for it

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