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 Green polka-dot dresses, corduroy striped jackets, and linen pants were at the helm of the lively presentation. Nandi Howard, Essence, "NYFW: Studio One Eighty-Nine's Spring/Summer 2020 Collection Was An Ode To Africa," 11 Sep. 2019 Singer Normani, in a polka-dot set, led a dance troupe. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Rihanna Keeps Reinventing the Lingerie Fashion Show with Savage X Fenty," 11 Sep. 2019 In a video posted to Williams's Instagram, Alexis Olympia hides under Mom's skirt then emerges in a sequined bomber jacket, polka-dot skirt, and a logo tee from Williams's brand. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Took Her Daughter to the Runway at Fashion Week," 11 Sep. 2019 Best '70s Vibes Zendaya's burgundy velvet suit perfectly toes the line between retro and modern, and we're obsessed with that polka-dot scarf. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "From Kaia Gerber's Birthday Fit to Rico Nasty's Corset, These Are the Best Celeb Fits of the Week," 6 Sep. 2019 The Euphoria actress dressed up her look with black leather knee-high boots and silver hoop earrings, complementing the ‘70s vibe of her polka-dot ensemble. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Zendaya Is Lovely in Polka Dots at Lancome Event in NYC: See Pics," 5 Sep. 2019 All of the Celebrity Babies Who’ve Made Their Debuts in 2019 Ritter put her baby bump on display for the second time on Instagram in March, wearing a black-and-white polka-dot wiggle dress that highlighted her belly. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Krysten Ritter Is a Mom! Actress Welcomes Son Bruce Julian Knight with Boyfriend Adam Granduciel," 8 Aug. 2019 Then a woman named Rebecca, who was wearing a big, floppy polka-dot bow, jumped in. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Hats Like Sneezes, Playing at Aristocracy and Other Notes From Royal Ascot," 24 June 2019 Shabazz Muhammad in a plain white T-shirt and polka-dot boxers. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 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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24 Sep 2019

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The first known use of polka was in 1825

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How to pronounce polka (audio) How to pronounce polka (audio)

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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