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noun Informal.
  1. a politician, especially one experienced in making political deals, exchanging political favors, etc.
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Origin of pol

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening


  1. petroleum, oil, and lubricants.
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  1. Poland.
  2. Also Pol  Polish.
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Examples from the Web for pol

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Historical Examples

  • Pol y phe' mus, or Polyphemos or Cyclops—the son of Poseidon.

  • My Pol— Mary is as dear and good a girl as ever stepped, and as dutiful.

    A Life's Eclipse

    George Manville Fenn

  • The day will come when I can provide you with Pol Roge and diamonds.

    Turn About Eleanor

    Ethel M. Kelley

  • A bottle of Pol Roger to his own cheek had given him a new contempt for James.

  • It was his failure as a pol 39itician which in truth drove Cicero to the career of literature.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for pol


abbreviation for
  1. petroleum, oil, and lubricants
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abbreviation for
  1. Poland
  2. Polish
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Word Origin and History for pol


1942, American English colloquial shortening of politician.

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