Marco Polo

[mahr-koh poh-loh]

noun


Polo

[poh-loh]

noun

Mar·co [mahr-koh] /ˈmɑr koʊ/, c1254–1324, Venetian traveler.
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British Dictionary definitions for marco polo

Marco Polo

noun

See Polo

polo

noun

a game similar to hockey played on horseback using long-handled mallets (polo sticks) and a wooden ball
any of several similar games, such as one played on bicycles
short for water polo
Also called: polo neck
  1. a collar on a garment, worn rolled over to fit closely round the neck
  2. a garment, esp a sweater, with such a collar

Word Origin for polo

C19: from Balti (dialect of Kashmir): ball, from Tibetan pulu

Polo

noun

Marco (ˈmɑːkəʊ). 1254–1324, Venetian merchant, famous for his account of his travels in Asia. After travelling overland to China (1271–75), he spent 17 years serving Kublai Khan before returning to Venice by sea (1292–95)
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Word Origin and History for marco polo

polo

n.

1872, Anglo-Indian polo, from Balti (Tibetan language of the Indus valley) polo "ball," related to Tibetan pulu "ball." An ancient game in south Asia, first played in England at Aldershot, 1871. Water polo is from 1876 (in early versions players sometimes paddled about on barrels or in canoes). Polo shirt (1892) originally was a kind worn by polo players.

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