from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In textile fabrics, a pattern of round dots or spots, especially in printed stuffs for women's wear.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of polka dot.


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  • Not that the tailor is short of neckwear; leafing through a tie rack replete with dozens of styles, Mr. O'Reilly picks out a royal-blue polka-dot number familiar to many as the preferred choice of Sir Winston Churchill.

    A Return to Tying the Knot

  • Instead, I wore MC Hammer pants, polka-dot shirts, Heavy-D shoes and the African medallion.

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  • There was a mod series of polka-dot dresses and tops — some with prints, others with dot-shaped scales that resembled hanging chads.

    Dress Me, Kate! Modern Modesty

  • The image of Churchill is synonymous with a navy-blue polka-dot bow tie and he is someone who most of us consider a man who was respectful of tradition but in terms of fashion was also out there all the time.

    A Return to Tying the Knot

  • For some, bow ties may never move from evening wear to day wear, but tailors say the recent boom has had a trickle-down effect, fueling sales of traditional menswear styles, such as the polka-dot pattern.

    A Return to Tying the Knot

  • Since she's in Midtown, let's see if she goes uptown to Harlem where all the guns are at and then let me get her view of the 2nd Amendment after they polka-dot her motorcade. brian

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  • After a solid and full career as one of the most successful and "real" fashion stylists in the business, Lori is still every bit the unpretentious little girl prancing in her favorite yellow polka-dot bikini, "a tomboy who loves sparkly things."

    Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum: Fashion Stylist Lori Goldstein Discusses The Contents Of Her Closet (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  • NET-A-PORTER (Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen); Browns (Dries Van Noten) Clockwise from left, Isabel Marant '70s-inspired suede and leather knee-high wedge boots; Alexander McQueen's embellished wool-crepe skirt, £580; Dries Van Noten's 'Selize' skirt, £520; Marc Jacobs's wool and fleece pencil polka-dot skirt, £825.

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  • Pin a polka-dot tie on him and put him in a used car lot.

    Charles Redfern: A Pre-fab Candidate With Pre-fab Pronouncements for a Pre-fab Country

  • "The renaissance is accompanied by a new technology-inspired preppy look, accompanied with narrow-fitted trousers, sleeveless tank tops, checked shirts, tweed jackets and, it seems, polka-dot bow ties."

    A Return to Tying the Knot


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