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 Polo (audio) \ 1254–1324 Venetian traveler

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Other Words from polo


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

Examples of polo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The halftime show features new pink pompons in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), new polo shirts for the student musicians and new tunics for the Lionettes as part of the effort to keep everything sanitized and safe. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange Schools superintendent eyes return to in-person learning Oct. 19," 11 Sep. 2020 Cumpian, who is Black, then exits wearing a Hawthorn Suites polo, black slacks and dress shoes. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "'He's going to kill someone': Tempe officer again accused of use of force against unarmed Black man," 4 Sep. 2020 Sport coats are starting at $69, dress shirts are four for $110, shorts are just $25, and polo shirts are three for $99, plus take an extra 30% off clearance. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best Labor Day deals: 100+ sales to shop this week," 1 Sep. 2020 Uniform giant French Toast, meanwhile, is making more hoodies and sweatpants and has started manufacturing masks using fabrics originally intended for polo shirts. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Fanny packs are the new backpack: How the pandemic is reshaping back-to-school shopping," 24 Aug. 2020 Vineyard Vines customers also applaud this soft cotton polo, giving it an average 4.5-star rating for its light fabric and breathable feel. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Men's Vineyard Vines apparel is seriously discounted for Nordstrom's epic sale," 15 Aug. 2020 Fan, wearing a blue polo that matched his mask, explained to Grace Shi in Chinese which meals were spicy — the kung pao chicken — and which were vegetarian. Washington Post, "Groups feed hospital workers — and support restaurants, too," 10 Aug. 2020 Also unprecedented is that for the first three weeks of the year, students will be allowed to wear dress shorts and gym shoes with a Brother Rice uniform polo. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "South Side, suburban Catholic schools to resume in-person classes with cohorts, masks and some anxiety," 7 Aug. 2020 Roldan took home the VIP Title for the evening, while Blais went on to score the winning polo goal. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Equestrian triathlon nets nearly $200K for Boys & Girls Club," 7 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polo. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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