polka dot

pol·​ka dot | \ ˈpō-kə-ˌdät How to pronounce polka dot (audio) \

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 How to pronounce polka dot (audio) \ adjective

Examples of polka dot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Kentucky Derby is all about expressing yourself through fashion, so make a bold yet whimsical statement with this polka dot hatinator, $70. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "These are the 12 best Kentucky Derby hats we saw at the Big Brims & Fancy Trims sale," 9 Apr. 2021 In 2019, at the premiere of husband Adam Brody’s flick, Shazam Meester delighted in a polka dot print dress from Alessandra Rich with long sleeves and keyhole detail. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Leighton Meester Was Gossip Girl’s True Style Star," 9 Apr. 2021 The geometric fireplace pattern both contrasts with and complements the graphic polka dot rug. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Lindsey Jamison Made Her Colorado Mountain Home Feel Fresh for Her Busy Family," 7 Apr. 2021 For the virtual call, Duchess Kate wore a prim, black and white, polka dot blouse with her hair pulled back in a chic half ponytail and silver double hoop earrings. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Polka Dots for a Call with a U.K. Family About Mental Health," 5 Mar. 2021 Pre-18th century, the polka dot—then referred to by different names in different places—was a lurid reminder of the smallpox plague in Western Europe. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Wed Studios Imagines a Deathly Beautiful Fall 2021 Wardrobe," 10 Mar. 2021 The groom wore a dark tuxedo, while the bride had on a white polka dot dress. Vincent M. Mallozzi New York Times, Star Tribune, "1 bride, 1 groom, 2 weddings," 23 Feb. 2021 Customers send used clothing to thredUp in the company’s signature white-and-green polka dot bag that comes with a shipping label. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Dallas technology exec Mandy Ginsberg joins the board of thredUP," 2 Feb. 2021 Squares of shimmering brocades, striped cottons, and leopard-print and polka dot chiffons sourced from their fabric archives blended many of the brand’s hallmarks. Charlie Engman; Styling By Becky Akinyode, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Pandemic Forced Designers to Embrace Upcycled Fashion," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of polka dot

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Polka dot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka%20dot. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce polka dot (audio) \

Kids Definition of polka dot

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

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