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

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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 However, the Duchess of Cambridge—a Wimbledon regular—kept things prim in a polka dot frock from Jenny Packham. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 The brown spotted print from her polo outfit has resurged as an in-demand pattern of the season, and polka dots in general are having a moment this year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had a Pretty Woman Moment at a Polo Match Over the Weekend," 2 July 2018 Lavender is definitely Chopra’s shade and one can never go wrong with polka dots in the springtime. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Royal wedding fashion: Meghan Markle sparkles in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 May 2018 The actress sported an off-the-shoulder white maxi dress with gold polka dots and pretended to blow out two sparklers on a cake that was designed to look just like her dress. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 Bits of explanatory text, printed on large-scale red polka dots, enrich the exhibition with insights into the artist's philosophy and evolution. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Kusama 'Infinity Mirrors' show in Toronto offers preview of what's coming to Cleveland (photos)," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of polka dot

1857, in the meaning defined above

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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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