polka dot


noun Textiles.

a dot or round spot (printed, woven, or embroidered) repeated to form a pattern on a textile fabric.
a pattern of or a fabric with such dots.

Origin of polka dot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Related formspol·ka-dot·ted, pol·ka-dot, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of polka dot

Historical Examples of polka dot

  • Coach dogs of the spotted variety will be worn with polka-dot costumes.


    Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

  • They would crowd the hotels, over-flow the board walk, cover the sands, and polka-dot the ocean.

  • "We need Government help like we need the polka-dot fever," Rodney Maxwell said.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Afterward, the men of his regiment who followed this flag, adopted a polka-dot handkerchief as the badge of the Rough Riders.

    Notes of a War Correspondent

    Richard Harding Davis

  • His blue serge suit had been freshly pressed; a polka-dot scarf was neatly tied under the points of a white-wing collar.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for polka dot

polka dot


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

Word Origin for polka dot

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for polka dot

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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