Main definitions of Marco Polo in English

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Marco Polo1

proper noun

  • (c.1254–c.1324), Italian traveller. With his father and uncle he travelled to China and the court of Kublai Khan via central Asia (1271–5). He eventually returned home (1292–5) via Sumatra, India, and Persia.

Pronunciation

Marco Polo

/ˌmɑːkəʊ ˈpəʊləʊ/

Main definitions of Marco Polo in English

: Marco Polo1Marco Polo2

Marco Polo2

noun

mass nounUS
  • A game of tag played in a swimming pool , lake, etc., in which one player, with their eyes shut or blindfolded, must attempt to locate and catch the other players by shouting ‘Marco’ and listening for their response of ‘Polo’

    ‘they play Marco Polo in the backyard pool’
    • ‘The game of Marco Polo, like a lot of childhood games, is both about finding a home and about catching prey.’
    • ‘From Marco Polo to Sharks and Minnows, these are the 10 tested, tried & true pool games we all played as kids.’
    • ‘I noticed the following sign displayed prominently on its fence: "No Marco Polo allowed in this pool."’
    • ‘Those 12-year-olds were playing one mean game of Marco Polo.’
    • ‘It has a waterproof design, which means it can repel everything from your stinky sweat to a good game of Marco Polo.’

Origin

1960s: from Marco Polo (the reason is unclear).

Pronunciation

Marco Polo

/ˌmɑːkəʊ ˈpəʊləʊ/