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.
daub, smudge, speckle, mottle, stipple, speck, spangle, dash, disperse, strew, slop, douse, soil, sputter, splutter, wet, spot, broadcast, spray, discharge
Origin of polka dot
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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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
Word Origin for polka dot
C19: of uncertain origin
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