Main definitions of colt in English

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colt1

noun

  • A young uncastrated male horse, in particular one less than four years old.

    • ‘He changes the notion of kingship by riding on a colt rather than a horse.’
    • ‘I thought her performance was excellent, better than anything she had achieved before, since she was taking on colts and older horses for the first time.’
    • ‘My fondest memory at our farm was watching my brother training the young colts in the paddock in the summer days while I sat on the fence nearby.’
    • ‘The colt, now aged four, has embarked on what is already a successful stud career.’
    • ‘The card is highlighted by a pair of stakes of $75,000 stakes for older fillies and mares and for older colts and geldings.’
    • ‘Any colt or filly who wins a Classic is likely to be much sought after as a stallion or brood mare.’
    • ‘For example, a young colt will turn to put his primary line in line with yours and he'll raise his head to grow taller and get a good look.’
    • ‘The colt began picking off horses but soon ran out of running room on the inside.’
    • ‘The total number of horses - 2,668 colts, 2,440 fillies, and two geldings - is 219 more than last year's previous record of 4,891.’
    • ‘Most times he was starting colts and fixing problem horses, inevitably winding up being the resident horse guy.’
    • ‘I hated this time of year as the young colts or filly used to be brought to the forge to have something done to their feet.’
    • ‘The brood mare section has classes for sport horses, filly and colts, foals, Irish Draught mares, Irish Draught filly foal qualifiers and Irish Sport horse foal qualifier.’
    • ‘Two colts brought the joint highest price for a male on the day of $525,000.’
    • ‘She pressed her hand against the forehead of a young colt, which whinnied in surprise and delight.’
    • ‘Recently, a young colt died as a direct result of eating grass cuttings discarded in his field.’
    • ‘Male colts become reproductively active at approximately five years.’
    • ‘I visited her whenever I was able, and helped deliver her foals, splendid colts and fillies, who, in their own careers, bore the greatest soldiers of the age on their mightiest campaigns.’
    • ‘The colt reared and began galloping when other horses breezed past him.’
    • ‘The allotment includes 12 fillies and eight colts, many with ties to American racing.’
    • ‘We always wanted young horses but we never had any colts before, so we started getting into it.’

Origin

Old English; perhaps related to Swedish kult, applied to boys or half-grown animals.

Pronunciation

colt

/koʊlt//kōlt/

Main definitions of colt in English

: colt1Colt2

Colt2

noun

trademark
  • A type of revolver.

    • ‘I always had the feeling the flintlock had a much slower lock time than the Colt cap and ball revolver.’
    • ‘It resembles many of the English revolvers more closely than the Colts and Remingtons.’
    • ‘The sheriff had a shotgun in one hand and a Colt revolver in the other.’
    • ‘The problem is found in discerning which Colts are black powder guns and which are smokeless.’
    • ‘The US forces retained the Colt automatic which had been in use since 1911.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the name of the US inventor and firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt (1814–62).

Pronunciation

Colt

/koʊlt//kōlt/