from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, heavy, single-edged machete originally used in the Philippines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, heavy, single-edged machete (Wikipedia).
  • n. A string or leather necktie secured with an ornamental slide (Wikipedia).
  • n. A request for law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a suspect.
  • n. Designating a type of punch; an uppercut.
  • v. To attack or despatch with a bolo knife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of large knife resembling a machete.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long knife resembling a Cuban machete, used in the Philippine Islands, for domestic and agricultural purposes, and in war.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. long heavy knife with a single edge; of Philippine origin
  • n. a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie


Spanish, of Philippine origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Surrounded by guests in bolo ties, I watch, transfixed.

    Thai Noon

  • Or, same university, new music ensemble conductor in bolo tie and hendrix tee.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • The bolo is the only tool necessary to cut and strip the bejuco, which he ties into bunches of one hundred and takes into his hut for safety until such a time as a trade can be made.

    Negritos of Zambales

  • The bolo, which is much heavier than an ordinary sword, measures 24 inches from tip of handle to tip of blade, and is forged from a piece of file steel.

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights

  • A bolo is a braided leather lariat that loops under a shirt's collar like a tie and is held in place at the neck by a decorative buckle.

    superfuture :: supertalk

  • But you have to wear a "bolo" tie to work. guest, Jul 10, 2009 3: 44PM


  • "The bolo is a lot less formal than the conventional European silk necktie.

    superfuture :: supertalk

  • There was Nadal, up a break of serve and whipping bolo forehands as he tried to gain a foothold in the match.

    Tennis's Djokovic Complex

  • Obama refused to accept this late-20th-century model of racial politics, and he had no intention of fighting the general election with the same bolo punches and taunts that had stopped working decades ago.

    Race Over?

  • Mr. Cowher has to return all those bolo ties he ordered online.

    In Dallas, Stars Are Again Aligned

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  • Leonard is slashing at the vines and creepers with his sharp bolo.

    - William Steig, The Zabajaba Jungle

    October 5, 2008