- 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
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Related Words for polkadotteddaub, smudge, speckle, mottle, stipple, speck, spangle, dash, disperse, strew, slop, douse, soil, sputter, splutter, wet, spot, broadcast, spray, discharge
- 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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