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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If minis aren’t your thing, though, take a cue from Kate Middleton and try a classic polka-dot midi dress by Alessandra Rich. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Finally, Party Dressing Is Back! Shop the 50 Best Holiday Dresses, From Disco Minis to Polka-Dot Midis," 19 Nov. 2018 In the photos, the Duchess of Cambridge wears a navy polka-dot dress with a contrasting ivory collar by Alessandra Rich. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Dress Is So Similar to This Famous Princess Diana Polka-Dot Look," 14 Nov. 2018 The trove of comedic artifacts also includes Charlie Chaplin’s cane, Lucy’s polka-dot dress, and Archie Bunker’s jacket. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "The National Comedy Center Is an Unlikely Attraction That's Putting Western New York Back on the Map," 13 Sep. 2018 Over 150 musicians will perform everything from folk to techno to polka. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "A porch festival, a Disney concert, and cycling for cancer," 1 June 2018 Early this morning, Meghan Markle was spotted arriving on Australia's Fraser Island in a burgundy polka-dot dress. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Stepped Out in an Affordable, Eco-Friendly Dress on the Royal Tour of Australia," 22 Oct. 2018 The Glendale Summer Band is a community band of almost 100 musicians who play marches, polkas, movie medleys and other tunes. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 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

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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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