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polos

[pol-os]
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noun, plural pol·oi [pol-oi] /ˈpɒl ɔɪ/.
  1. a tall, cylindrical headdress represented, especially on statutes, as worn by women in ancient Greece.
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Origin of polos

First recorded in 1840–50, polos is from the Greek word pólos axis

polo

[poh-loh]
noun
  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.
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Origin of polo

1835–45; < Balti (Tibetan language of Kashmir): ball
Related formspo·lo·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for polos

Historical Examples

  • At length the three Polos expressed a desire to return to Venice.

    Discoverers and Explorers

    Edward R. Shaw

  • The Polos had taken about three and a half years to get to China.

  • So for seventeen years the three Polos abode in the Khan's service in China.

    Medieval People

    Eileen Edna Power

  • The three Polos started by way of Palestine and not by the Crimea, as in their previous expedition.

  • They were principally drawn from the fallos, or local tax in redemption of polos or personal service.


British Dictionary definitions for polos

polo

noun
  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
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Word Origin

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

Polo

noun
  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 polos

polo

n.

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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