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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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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The first known use of polka was in 1825

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“Polka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce polka (audio) How to pronounce polka (audio)

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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