polka dot

[ poh-kuh ]

  1. a dot or round spot (printed, woven, or embroidered) repeated to form a pattern on a textile fabric.

  2. a pattern of or a fabric with such dots.

Origin of polka dot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Other words from polka dot

  • polka-dotted, polka-dot, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for polka dot

polka dot

  1. one of a pattern of small circular regularly spaced spots on a fabric

    • a fabric or pattern with such spots

    • (as modifier): a polka-dot dress

Origin of polka dot

C19: of uncertain origin

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