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  1. a game played on horseback between two teams, each of four players, the object being to score points by driving a wooden ball into the opponents' goal using a long-handled mallet.
  2. any game broadly resembling this, especially water polo.
  3. polo shirt.

Origin of polo

1835–45; < Balti (Tibetan language of Kashmir): ball
Related formspo·lo·ist, noun


  1. Mar·co [mahr-koh] /ˈmɑr koʊ/, c1254–1324, Venetian traveler.
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Related Words for polo

blouse, tunic, turtleneck, jersey, pullover, chemise, polo, sark

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British Dictionary definitions for polo


  1. a game similar to hockey played on horseback using long-handled mallets (polo sticks) and a wooden ball
  2. any of several similar games, such as one played on bicycles
  3. short for water polo
  4. Also called: polo neck
    1. a collar on a garment, worn rolled over to fit closely round the neck
    2. a garment, esp a sweater, with such a collar

Word Origin for polo

C19: from Balti (dialect of Kashmir): ball, from Tibetan pulu


  1. Marco (ˈmɑːkəʊ). 1254–1324, Venetian merchant, famous for his account of his travels in Asia. After travelling overland to China (1271–75), he spent 17 years serving Kublai Khan before returning to Venice by sea (1292–95)
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Word Origin and History for polo

1872, Anglo-Indian polo, from Balti (Tibetan language of the Indus valley) polo "ball," related to Tibetan pulu "ball." An ancient game in south Asia, first played in England at Aldershot, 1871. Water polo is from 1876 (in early versions players sometimes paddled about on barrels or in canoes). Polo shirt (1892) originally was a kind worn by polo players.

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