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


biographical name
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 Polo (audio) \ 1254–1324 Venetian traveler

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Other Words from polo


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

Examples of polo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun South Florida polo club founder John Goodman is assigned to a citrus detail at a prison work camp near Fort Myers, 110 miles from a Wellington intersection where his Bentley killed a young man in 2010, according to state records. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Sep. 2021 A dozen or so years older than Sohel, Hisham always glittered and made the right moves—a measured harvest of wild oats as a teen-ager from an old Lahore family, no more than a bit of trouble in the vicinity of the Punjab Club and the polo ground. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 Opt for a breezy polo dress for a day spent at Arthur Ashe. Julie Tong, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2021 There, the tall, lanky driver, sporting a black polo with dark-wash jeans and white sneakers did his best to blend in and roam between IndyCar transporters. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2021 Two new sports were honored at the national show, boys and girls polo. USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 The couple’s five boys formed an all-family polo team. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2021 Pro-active but not pushy, they were casually dressed in Ford polo shirts and unobtrusively stationed near vehicles, stepping forward to offer information to anyone stopping for a closer look. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 16 Aug. 2021 The Belarusian contingent has been visible outside the Olympic village, mostly men traveling in pairs with their country's name emblazoned on the backs of their workout jackets or polo shirts. NBC News, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polo. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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