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polka dot

[poh-kuh] /ˈpoʊ kə/
noun, Textiles.
a dot or round spot (printed, woven, or embroidered) repeated to form a pattern on a textile fabric.
a pattern of or a fabric with such dots.
Origin of polka dot
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
polka-dotted, polka-dot, adjective Unabridged
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  • One of the masked men, a lithe, sinuous fellow with a polka-dot bandanna round his neck, took command.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Coach dogs of the spotted variety will be worn with polka-dot costumes.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • Uncle Wiggily was certainly as red-spotted as a polka-dot shirt waist.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods Howard R. Garis
  • They would crowd the hotels, over-flow the board walk, cover the sands, and polka-dot the ocean.

  • "We need Government help like we need the polka-dot fever," Rodney Maxwell said.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Afterward, the men of his regiment who followed this flag, adopted a polka-dot handkerchief as the badge of the Rough Riders.

    Notes of a War Correspondent Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for polka-dot

polka dot

one of a pattern of small circular regularly spaced spots on a fabric
  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

polka dot


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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