polka dot

pol·​ka dot | \ˈpō-kə-ˌdät \

Definition of polka dot 

: a dot in a pattern of regularly distributed dots in textile design

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Other Words from polka dot

polka-dot or polka-dotted \ ˈpō-​kə-​ˌdä-​təd \ adjective

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For someone who seems to prefer simple styles, Camilla is clearly a fan of polka dots, and has worn a fair share of the pattern over the years. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall Sat Courtside at Wimbledon Today," 11 July 2018 They're both dressed perfectly for the occasion, with Kate wearing a white polka dotted dress and holding a light pink purse. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Support Serena Williams at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 In May, Suits actress Abigail Spencer wore a $2,355 floor-length polka dot design from the label’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection to attend her friend Meghan Markle‘s wedding to Prince Harry. PEOPLE.com, "Here's Why Pippa Middleton's Custom Christening Dress Looked Familiar," 9 July 2018 Sabrina was wearing a flowy white, polka dotted, full-length dress with a pair of bedazzled booties (that really hurt, according to her). Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's How Sabrina Carpenter Feels About How the "Girl Meets World" Love Triangle Ended," 18 Aug. 2016 Queen Letizia, a bonafide royal style icon, has sported a stunning wardrobe throughout her whole U.S. tour, including a polka dot dress at the San Antonio Museum of Art and a maroon chevron dress at the San José Mission. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain Meet the Trumps at the White House," 19 June 2018 On a sleepy Saturday afternoon, on a pedestal beside the clerk at the front desk (herself in a polka dot dress and a small yellow shrug), there was a brown chunk of wood carved to resemble a rockin' '70s van. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Hotel Lincoln's Wall of Bad Art: 'You are looking at awesomeness'," 3 May 2018 Ratajkowski wore an itty-bitty polka dot bikini from her own swimsuit line Inamorata Swim and showed off her dance moves via an Instagram story. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Sexy One-Piece Swimsuit for a Yacht​ Party in Greece," 2 July 2018 Japan With black and white pinstripes, Japan’s blue home kit almost appears to have small white polka dots on it. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup teams debut colorful, throwback jerseys for the 2018 tournament," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of polka dot

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polka dot was in 1857

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English Language Learners Definition of polka dot

: one of a series of dots that make a pattern especially on fabric or clothing

polka dot

pol·​ka dot | \ˈpō-kə- \

Kids Definition of polka dot

: a dot in a pattern of evenly spaced dots (as on fabric)

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