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polka dot

[poh-kuh] /ˈpoʊ kə/
noun, Textiles.
1.
a dot or round spot (printed, woven, or embroidered) repeated to form a pattern on a textile fabric.
2.
a pattern of or a fabric with such dots.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
polka-dotted, polka-dot, adjective
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Examples from the web for polka dot
  • Our bright red reversible bib features a fuzzy appliqué of a smiling polar bear decked out in his finest polka dot scarf.
  • Green and red socks cannot distinguish left and right feet, nor can argyle vs polka dot or cable knit vs flat.
  • The rider who wins the polka dot jersey is the best climber in the peloton, the king of the mountains.
  • Checkerboard and polka dot patterns are not imitated so exactly.
  • Avoid polka dot fabrics with dots similar in size to the punched holes.
  • For now, the tiny sprigs of sedum merely polka dot the pebbled expanse.
British Dictionary definitions for polka dot

polka dot

noun
1.
one of a pattern of small circular regularly spaced spots on a fabric
2.
  1. a fabric or pattern with such spots
  2. (as modifier): a polka-dot dress
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for polka dot
n.

1874, from polka (n.) + dot (n.). Named for the dance, for no reason except its popularity, which led to many contemporary products and fashions taking the name. Related: Polka-dotted (1873).

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