po·​lo | \ ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce polo (audio) \

Definition of polo

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1 : a game played by teams of players on horseback using mallets with long flexible handles to drive a wooden ball through goalposts


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Po·​lo | \ ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce Polo (audio) \

Definition of Polo (Entry 2 of 2)

Mar*co \ ˈmär-​(ˌ)kō How to pronounce ˈmär-(ˌ)kō (audio)\ 1254–1324 Venetian traveler

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Other Words from polo


poloist \ ˈpō-​(ˌ)lō-​ist How to pronounce poloist (audio) \ noun

Examples of polo in a Sentence

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Dressed in a blue polo, baggy jeans and a gray canvas apron, Chang leans over a stainless-steel counter to give the restaurant’s executive chef, Jude Parra-Sickels, and general manager, Christine Larroucau, an earful. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 Matthew Mazzucca, Barneys creative director, was beaming in a knit Browne polo at the launch event, declaring the designer an ideal collaborator whose vibrant spirit matched the creativity and occasional kookiness of Barneys. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne's Dinner With Barneys New York Was a Parade of Polos, Octopus Gowns, and Whale-Print Silk Separates," 11 Sep. 2018 Michael, drenched in sweat in a blue polo, is completely dragged by Kathleen's sister, Candace. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Everything New In Netflix’s The Staircase," 8 June 2018 Argentina's Nacho Figueras is one of the world's best and most recognizable players in professional polo. CBS News, "Polo star Nacho Figueras recalls the first time Prince Harry told him about Meghan Markle," 31 May 2018 And if horse jumping isn't quite your cup of tea, there is also a lively polo scene in Wellington to consider, with an even livelier Sunday polo brunch held every week at the International Polo Club. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "Wellington, Florida Travel Guide: How to Enjoy the Winter Equestrian Festival—and More!," 13 Mar. 2017 Getty ImagesChris Jackson Another Canada outing: Getty ImagesSamir Hussein Here, at a polo outing with Prince George: Getty ImagesZak Hussein And here, at the America's World Cup in Portsmouth, England: Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo See? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Casual Boat Shoes Are On Sale," 18 Jan. 2019 This basic black long-sleeve polo-neck sweater is made of pure cashmere and feels like butter on your skin. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 See a cricket game or take a polo lesson Again, Barbados was a British colony for over 300 years, and remnants of the culture are everywhere—particularly in the realm of sport. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of polo


1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polo


Balti, ball

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The first known use of polo was in 1872

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English Language Learners Definition of polo

: a game played by two teams of four players who ride horses while using long mallets to hit a wooden ball into a goal


po·​lo | \ ˈpō-lō How to pronounce polo (audio) \

Kids Definition of polo

: a game played by teams of players on horseback who use long-handled mallets to hit a wooden ball into a goal

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