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 But there’s also a strong outdoor-adventure pull, from snorkeling in nearby Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, where giant polka-dot whale sharks hunt for plankton, to quad-biking empty sand dunes. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best New Hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central & South America: 2020 Hot List," 5 May 2020 Best Spring Tie-Dye Dress Tie-dye is now up there with florals, gingham, and polka-dots as the reigning prints of spring and summer. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "19 Cheap Spring Dresses That Look Anything But," 12 Mar. 2020 Zimmern started with a fish fry at Lakefront Brewing, where diners packed the hall while a polka band played. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Andrew Zimmern serves up imperiled Milwaukee fish fry, Bradley Foundation's role in climate-change denial," 24 Feb. 2020 On Thursday, Wolf Gruca moved his leg to the sound of a live polka band. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Holocaust survivor turns 100 years old: 'My story is not a five-minute story'," 7 Feb. 2020 Cripps was part of the Little Rock and Texas music scenes and was the drummer for Grammy-Award winning polka band Brave Combo. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, "MUSIC: Ex-Gunbunny Maxwell returns to Little Rock for friend's benefit concert," 21 Nov. 2019 Music will include German polka bands and beer served at the Palm Avenue Bier Hall. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "Don your lederhosen to celebrate Oktoberfest in Southern California and beyond," 2 Oct. 2019 The occasion was Kind’s eighteenth annual corn roast at the county fairgrounds, where several hundred fans showed up on a Friday night to eat corn and bratwurst and drink beer while listening to a polka band. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Presidency Looks from Rural Wisconsin," 23 Sep. 2019 This annual church festival, now in its 10th year, celebrates the many cultures of Europe with ethnic foods, live dance performances, a beer garden, kids activities and even a polka band. cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield corn maze and 11 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Sept. 7-8," 7 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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20 May 2020

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“Polka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polka. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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