noun Informal.

a politician, especially one experienced in making political deals, exchanging political favors, etc.

Origin of pol

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening


petroleum, oil, and lubricants.



Also Pol  Polish.
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Examples from the Web for pol

Contemporary Examples of pol

Historical Examples of pol

  • 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

petroleum, oil, and lubricants


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for pol

1942, American English colloquial shortening of politician.

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