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

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Halle had a decorated college career at California-Davis, winning four National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship titles in polo. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Former Garrison Forrest coach Cindy Halle wins national polo award," 6 July 2018 There are horse races, tennis tournaments and, of course, the royal favorite sport: polo. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Of Course Meghan Markle Is a Fan of Prince Harry's Polo Playing," 2 July 2018 For nearly two decades this polo challenge has been a staple in the royal calendar; William and Harry first played alongside their father as teenagers. Bridget Arsenault, Vanities, "Inside the Audi Polo Challenge, Where Movie Stars Cheered on Prince William and Prince Harry," 2 July 2018 Off the beachBook a vinyasa class at the Shack Yoga or polo lessons on the world-class field behind Estancia Vik with its faraway views of the Atlantic. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alan Faena Creates La Vie Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay," 18 June 2018 Phil was just trying to normalize relations with polo-playing countries. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Warriors are very good team, but not a dynasty — not yet," 16 June 2018 The sticks end in a shepherd’s crook, after the fashion of those used in roller polo. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We may be champions now, but ice hockey got off to a rough start in Washington," 11 June 2018 Behind him in the west grandstand's third row, a Ducks staffer in a green polo echoed that encouragement. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon's Damarcus Simpson struggles, Buckeye takes NCAA title with huge leap," 7 June 2018 Instead, the No. 17 overall pick out of Villanova represented his new squad by donning a green Bucks polo and black dress shorts while cheering his teammates on from the bench during a 90-63 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Cox Pavilion. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When will first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo suit up for the Bucks? 'I'm not sure.'," 6 July 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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