There are 2 main definitions of Marco Polo in English:

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Marco Polo 1

Pronunciation: /ˌmɑːkəʊ ˈpəʊləʊ/
(Circa 1254-circa 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.

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There are 2 main definitions of Marco Polo in English:

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Marco Polo 2

Pronunciation: /ˌmɑːkəʊ ˈpəʊləʊ/

noun

[mass noun] chiefly US
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 shoutingMarco’ and listening for their response of ‘Polo’: they play Marco Polo in the backyard pool
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  • It has a waterproof design, which means it can repel everything from your stinky sweat to a good game of Marco Polo.
  • Those 12-year-olds were playing one mean game of Marco Polo.
  • The game of Marco Polo, like a lot of childhood games, is both about finding a home and about catching prey.

Origin

1960s: from Marco Polo1 (the reason is unclear).

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