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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eilish wore a navy-and-red Gucci sweatsuit with a tan-and cream-logo polo underneath for a post-Grammys party. Kara Nesvig, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2023 She and William are also often seen watching various other sporting activities, such as football, polo, and horse racing. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Jan. 2023 For those who work from the office, the oversized poplin shirt and Everlane's array of polo options serve sophistication at its finest. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 19 Jan. 2023 Sports are often the common ground for international events, and at Pitti Uomo, polo is a crowd favorite. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2023 Every formal top—polo or dress shirt or button-up—will look much more relaxing and fun with Ben Sherman's track style without losing its elevated flair. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 12 Jan. 2023 For continued sartorial success, tuck in a cashmere polo by Khaite and step into stylish sneakers from Totême. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 It was inspired by two Persian dishes: sabzi polo, an herbaceous rice often served with kebabs or roasts, and ghormeh sabzi, a stew of herbs, lamb and kidney beans. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023 Three days later, deliberately dressed down in khakis and polo shirts to try to lower their profile, agents showed up at Mar-a-Lago with the warrant. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Dec. 2022 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

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Cite this Entry

“Polo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polo. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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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