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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


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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

Example Sentences

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Many of the movie’s style choices, from monochrome tracksuits and polo shirts to mini skirts and fluffy coats, are some of 2022's biggest trends. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Reports about the couple's first meeting vary slightly, but it is believed that Prince Charles met Camilla Shand at a polo match in Windsor Great Park in 1970, per the BBC. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2022 Episode 2 of the new season of The Crown depicts a brief, initial meeting between Diana and Dodi at a showjumping event (the pair actually first encountered each other at a polo match in 1986). Clark Collis, EW.com, 10 Nov. 2022 Agustin Arellano comes from a family of polo players. James Reginato, Town & Country, 25 Oct. 2022 Queen Elizabeth awarded Prince Philip and Prince Charles with trophies after a polo match. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The two had met at a polo match several years prior. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2022 Polo in the Port is another summer happening with the world's finest polo players competing in mid-August. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2022 The Reverso became an immediate hit, not just with polo players and men, but also with women. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near polo

Cite this Entry

“Polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polo. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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

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