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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Shabazz Muhammad in a plain white T-shirt and polka-dot boxers. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 The red-and-white, polka-dot fleet of Chevy vans are inspired by Minnie Mouse, and are used to run passengers from one Disney location to another for $25. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney makes Lyft official partner for Minnie Van rides," 20 June 2019 At a local surf club in Wollongong, Pain Revolution cyclists, still in their black and polka-dotted Lycra, are working the lobby and meeting locals. Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Discover Magazine, "These Researchers Think We Can Retrain Our Brains to Tame Chronic Pain," 30 May 2019 Kate opted to wear a navy polka-dot dress from Alessandra Rich. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Rewears Polka-Dot Dress to Commemorate D-Day's 75th Anniversary at Bletchley Park," 14 May 2019 For Prince William's birth in 1982, the late princess went with a green polka-dot dress by Catherine Walker and contrasting red flats. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Maternity Dress Is Totally Different Than Princess Diana's," 8 May 2019 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

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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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