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polka dot

[poh-kuh]
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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.
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Origin of polka dot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Related formspol·ka-dot·ted, pol·ka-dot, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polkadotted

polka dot

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for polkadotted

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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