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colt

[kohlt]
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noun
  1. a young male animal of the horse family.
  2. a male horse of not more than four years of age.
  3. a young or inexperienced person.
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Origin of colt

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; compare dialectal Swedish kult little pig

Colt1

[kohlt]
Trademark.
  1. a brand of revolver.
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Colt2

[kohlt]
noun
  1. Samuel,1814–62, U.S. inventor of the Colt revolver.
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  • For the gun Andy had his Colt in the holster, and he knew it like his own mind.

  • One can't always tell how a colt will shape, can they, Mike?

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • That's the first showing I've had from the colt as a three-year-old; but I knew he had it in him.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Our boy remained with the colt, drying it and rubbing it down as well as he could.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The colt's ready and this weather suits him down to the ground.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan


British Dictionary definitions for colt

colt

noun
  1. a male horse or pony under the age of four
  2. an awkward or inexperienced young person
  3. sport
    1. a young and inexperienced player
    2. a member of a junior team
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Word Origin

Old English colt young ass, of obscure origin; compare Swedish dialect kult young animal, boy

Colt

noun
  1. trademark a type of revolver, pistol, etc
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Word Origin

C19: named after Samuel Colt (1814–62), American inventor
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Word Origin and History for colt

n.

Old English colt "colt," originally "young ass," in Biblical translations also used for "young camel," perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kultaz (cf. Swedish dialectal kult "young boar, piglet; boy," Danish kuld "offspring, brood") and akin to child. Applied to persons from early 13c.

COLT'S TOOTH An old fellow who marries, or keeps a young girl, is ſaid to have a colt's tooth in his head. ["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]
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Colt

n.

type of revolver, 1838, originally the manufacture of U.S. gunsmith Samuel Colt (1814-1862).

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