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

Other Words from polka

polka intransitive verb

Examples of polka in a Sentence

The band played a polka.
Recent Examples on the Web Nothing says retro like a good ol' polka-dot one-piece. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 13 May 2022 Peel-and-stick polka-dot wallpaper from Target makes a graphic backdrop in the laundry room that's located at the end of a hallway on the main level. Natalie Dayton, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 It is characterized by the use of a saw tool as the primary instrument and is used to accompany dances such as The Bahamian Quadrille and the heel-toe polka. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Along the Texas-Mexico border, musicians borrowed both the accordion and the polka from German immigrants in the late 1800s to create what would become known as conjunto music. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Feb. 2022 In previous weeks, Kelly has dressed to impress in a flirty polka-dot dress and a black leather ensemble. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 7 Apr. 2022 But Middleton, looking as elegant as ever, just reminded us all about the power of a really good polka-dot piece. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Pictured with her family at the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, Kate wore a polka-dot midi dress, a jaunty hat, pearl earrings, a box clutch, and simple black pumps. Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 Broderick, who also attended the premiere, posed for photos with Parker while wearing a dark gray suit with a green polka-dot tie. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Polka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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