po·​lo | \ˈpō-(ˌ)lō \

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


biographical name
Po·​lo | \ˈpō-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of Polo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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poloist \ˈpō-​(ˌ)lō-​ist \ noun

Examples of polo in a Sentence

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Sheila Henry was last seen wearing a green polo-style dress and possibly blue jeans. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police search for missing 59-year-old woman," 4 Apr. 2018 Meghan, always stylish even in what's essentially a uniform, paired the black Invictus polo with a pair of Mother Denim black jeans and dressed up the look with an Altuzarra Studio Acacia white blazer on top. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wore Matching Shirts to the Invictus Games Kickoff," 20 Oct. 2018 Family AdventuresMerrill is a pro at keeping families with older children happy, running guided hikes on the Camino de Santiago, surfing expeditions to Peru, or polo-playing adventures in Argentina. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The couple was later snapped engaging in some PDA off-site in the polo parking lot. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Relationship," 15 Oct. 2018 So that was really fun, to have short hair and wear a polo neck and glasses. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Release “1999” Video," 11 Oct. 2018 Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, famously attended Markle's wedding to Prince Harry in May and also were spotted at a polo tournament with the royal couple this summer. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Serena Williams On Texting With Royal Bestie Meghan Markle: 'We've Been Relying On Each Other a Lot Lately'," 23 Sep. 2018 According to a news release, the brand launched in 2011 and sells everything from T-shirts and polos to sports jackets and performance wear. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "New retailer, Untuckit, coming to Kenwood Towne Centre," 26 June 2018 Behind Affleck, a tan gentleman in a yellow polo who is shaped like the letter P holds a matte-black rifle to his eye and sights it across the bay. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Where U.S. Special Forces Buy Their Weapons," 23 Apr. 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 \

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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