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

Examples of polka in a Sentence

The band played a polka.
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Word History


Czech, from Polka Polish woman, feminine of Polák Pole

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of polka was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Polka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


pol·​ka ˈpōl-kə How to pronounce polka (audio)
: a lively dance that originated in Bohemia
polka verb

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