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

Definition of polo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Examples of polo in a Sentence

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Media was invited to watch the polo match and take pictures, with Archie very much in the public view. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan brings baby Archie to polo match in rare joint appearance with Duchess Kate," 6 July 2019 Fancy stables were expected to attract the wealthier class of tourist, including polo players, who might winter at a first-class hotel expected to be built nearby. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Olmos Park Terrace club’s visions of grandeur dashed by Depression, fire," 22 June 2019 O’Leary said Oak Brook Polo’s next match, June 23, will bring top player Carlos Gracida Jr., the son of legendary polo player the late Carlos Gracida, to Oak Brook for the Butler Challenge Cup. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Brook Polo Club starts 97th season with record crowd for opener," 10 June 2019 Friend and fellow polo player, Nacho Figueras, has accompanied Prince Harry on the trip, and sang the duke's praises to press at the event. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nacho Figueras's Instagram Tribute to Prince Harry Will Melt Your Heart," 26 May 2019 One of Prince Harry's good friends, polo player Nacho Figuras, posted a photo on Instagram of the reception's invitation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Nacho Figueras Just Shared a Photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Evening Reception Invitation," 20 May 2018 Prince Jacques, who sported a navy polo and matching striped shorts, was very eager to meet the large pink starfish — instantly going in for a big hug. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Albert Takes His Twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques to Meet SpongeBob," 17 June 2019 Inside, the bar was almost empty, save for a group of locals in polos and khaki shorts. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 Trump, who wore khakis, a blue polo and a blazer, had spent the morning at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Virginia pastor explains sudden decision to pray for Trump, after some 'hurt' by it," 3 June 2019

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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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