po·​lo ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce polo (audio)
: a game played by teams of players on horseback using mallets with long flexible handles to drive a wooden ball through goalposts
poloist noun

Examples of polo in a Sentence

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Word History


Balti, ball

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of polo was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polo. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


po·​lo ˈpō-lō How to pronounce polo (audio)
: a game played by teams of players on horseback using long-handled mallets to drive a wooden ball
poloist noun

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Po·​lo ˈpō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce Polo (audio)
Mar*co ˈmär-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce Polo (audio) 1254–1324 Venetian traveler

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