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

Examples of polka dot in a Sentence

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Queen Elizabeth and David Beckham Beckham, wearing a slick navy suit and polka dot tie, joined British boxer Nicola Adams and comedian Sir Lenny Henry as Meghan and Harry presented awards to the emerging leaders. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "The Beckham Effect: Queen Is All Smiles While Greeting David at Palace Party — See the Photo," 27 June 2018 And in the photos, Kate Middleton is channeling Princess Diana in an iconic polka dot look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had a Major Princess Diana Moment in Prince Charles' Birthday Portraits," 14 Nov. 2018 Seeing Spots That Betty Boop-ish vintage standby, polka dots, was given new life. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends," 5 Oct. 2018 The youngest princess of York wore this black and white option, complete with polka dots, flowers, and spirals, of course. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Match the Hat to the Royal?," 14 Sep. 2018 Kate appears to be wearing a navy polka dot dress midi dress by Alessandra Rich, featuring a white collar and cuffs. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Adorable New Photo of Baby Prince Louis Has Surfaced, with Kate Middleton and Prince Charles," 9 Nov. 2018 While her husband wrapped each of the frames in pretty white and gold polka dot paper—quick shout out to him for being able to wrap so neatly—Caitlin crafted tiny handmade wreaths. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Why People Are Wrapping Their Artwork In Christmas Paper," 11 Dec. 2018 One is enclosed by mirrors and has red polka dots covering the floor and two gray-haired mannequins. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to See Yayoi Kusama's Art Across the U.S.," 27 July 2018 Vergara also shared a hilarious present-day picture of her pup wearing a polka dot bikini. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Sofia Vergara shares bikini photo from the '90s," 7 July 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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