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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cribbage, board games, polka music, storytelling and playing the harmonica are just a few of the many things for which he will be remembered. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Hennepin County attorney will handle case of former Lakeland Shores mayor’s death," 5 Nov. 2019 The Dawson's Creek star paired the Saint Laurent dress with sheer polka-dot tights. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Braved the Rain in a Little Black Dress and Sheer Tights," 23 Oct. 2019 No surprise, many guests — like Hartley’s wife Chrishell Stause and influencer Louise Roe — paid homage to Roberts in polka-dot ensembles. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "‘Pretty Woman’ goes to a polo match," 7 Oct. 2019 German themed craft beer festival with polka music, dances, food, contests and games. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: OktoberFest Houston, Houston Weird Homes Tour," 26 Sep. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge's look included a polka-dot Equipment silk shirt, suede Gianvito Rossi pumps, and a pair of wide legged pants from Zara. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore a $50 Pair of Black Zara Work Pants That Are Still Available to Buy," 21 Sep. 2019 Mixing it up with some prints, the collection also paired masculine Prince of Wales jackets with feminine paisley dresses, and a silky polka-dot series had a tromp-l’oeil catch-me-if-you-can effect. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 19 Sep. 2019 The event features beer games, polka music, a bratwurst-eating contest, wiener dog races and keg stacking competitions. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 The celebration will feature live polka music, an heirloom pumpkin patch, a beer garden, food, cocktails, wine, children’s area and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "2019 Oktoberfest events around the Bay Area," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of polka was in 1825

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3 Dec 2019

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“Polka.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=polka001. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of polka

: a lively dance for couples
: the music for a polka


pol·​ka | \ ˈpōl-kə How to pronounce polka (audio) \

Kids Definition of polka

: a lively dance for couples or the music for it

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