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

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Bone finally plays Bone, a point guard from Tennessee, was dressed in a polo and shorts the first two games. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Deividas Sirvydis shows off 3-point shooting in summer league," 2 July 2019 In addition to watching their dad Prince William take part in a charity polo match, George and Charlotte have enjoyed a day out at a local country village fair with grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince George Is a 'Jolly Little Person' and 'Inquisitive,' Says Family Friend," 24 July 2019 In April 2011, Audrina found herself in another brief fling with polo player, Nic Roldan. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Audrina Patridge's Love Life," 18 July 2019 This was demonstrated by the pictures that emerged recently from a polo match where the families got together to watch Princes William and Harry play. Max Foster, CNN, "Meghan and Catherine dispel rift rumors, as baby Archie strengthens 'common bond'," 18 July 2019 The polo match was held in Wokingham, England, which isn’t too far from the Sussex home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Time, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Brought the Kids to a Polo Match," 10 July 2019 The polo star has been an ambassador for Sentebale since 2013. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nacho Figueras Wants Us to Know the Real Prince Harry," 17 June 2019 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

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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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