\ ˈsinch How to pronounce cinch (audio) \

Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strap that holds a saddle on a horse
2 : a tight grip
3a : a thing done with ease Getting reelected would be a cinch for him.
b : a certainty to happen it's a cinch he'll break the record


cinched; cinching; cinches

Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put a cinch on cinch a horse
b : to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly He cinched his belt tight.
2 : to make certain : assure the goal that cinched the victory

intransitive verb

: to tighten the cinch often used with up cinched up before mounting his horse

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Examples of cinch in a Sentence

Noun This recipe is a cinch. This dish is a cinch to make. Verb The coat is cinched at the waist. The rider cinched the saddle. The candidate cinched the nomination by winning the major primary elections. The home run cinched the victory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The easy-to-close pinch top is a cinch to seal and super easy to open up for filling or washing. Cory Baldwin, Forbes, "Zip Top Reusable Silicone Bags Are The Easy, Eco-Friendly Swap Your Kitchen Needs," 20 Apr. 2021 Getting to $200,000 looks like a cinch for Cathie Wood of ARK Invest, who's calling for a rocket ship to $500,000. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Why you can expect Coinbase to have a very hard time justifying its $61 billion market cap," 16 Apr. 2021 Having prevailed over cancer and poverty, getting over your ex should be a cinch. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Boyfriend cites woman’s weight as reason he can’t take relationship to next level," 7 Apr. 2021 As a resort piece, wear over a maillot and cinch at the waist just in time for sunset. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "The Ultimate Guide To Sustainable Dressing For Spring 2021: Key Pieces, Trends, And Brands To Know," 4 Mar. 2021 Making a one-pot meal that is delicious and nutritionally balanced is a cinch too. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "40 Healthy One-Pot Meals to Simplify Your Weeknights," 24 Mar. 2021 That means cutting citrus-y fruits or extra-squishy tomatoes, for example, will be a cinch, as will resting your meat. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 4 Mar. 2021 Puppy Problems Danene Brown and Darryl Powell thought adding a third dog to their home in Richmond, Va., would be easy; the first two were a cinch to train. New York Times, "The People Who Got Puppies Were in Over Their Heads," 19 Feb. 2021 The ingenious concept has the stand cinch around the base of the tree with a ratcheting cable mechanism operated by foot pump, rather than being pushed by opposing bolts. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset Loves: The Krinner Tree Stand," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When that occurs, cinch up your seat belt -- traveler numbers will soar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to fly safely a year into the pandemic," 9 Apr. 2021 For Emma Veith, 18, a senior who lives in Westfield, Ind., the safari-style driving tour at University of Southern Indiana helped cinch her decision to commit there. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, "Can’t Make Your College Tour? The Campus Will Come to You," 11 Mar. 2021 Pack them in a compression cube and cinch down the straps to squeeze out the air and give yourself extra room inside your bag. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The 25 Best Deals From Outdoor Winter Clearance Sales This Week," 11 Mar. 2021 The election will determine the balance of the Senate, with Republicans needing only one seat to cinch the majority. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "On eve of Georgia runoff, Loeffler commits to challenging Biden's Electoral College victory," 4 Jan. 2021 The Associated Press called the race for Biden around 11:30 a.m., with Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes putting him above the 270 needed to cinch the White House. Daniela Altimari,, "A new president: Joy, relief sweep across Connecticut as Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump to become 46th U.S. president," 7 Nov. 2020 On a Monday call with campaign staff and members of the press — a call intended to discuss how Trump planned to cinch his win for a second term — the president instead unloaded his feelings about Dr. Fauci’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Asia Ewart,, "Trump’s Latest Attack On Dr. Anthony Fauci? Calling Him An “Idiot” & A “Disaster”," 19 Oct. 2020 Global equities are climbing, as are U.S. futures, on optimism Washington will cinch a deal on a new stimulus package. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Will Washington reach a deal on a new stimulus spending package? The markets are pricing it in," 5 Aug. 2020 Dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control (unfortunately with no manual override) are standard equipment, as are seatbelt tensioners that cinch the manual three-point belts and rear-center lap belt in tandem with air-bag detonation. Martin Padgett Jr., Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL Delivers Unparalleled Excess," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cinch


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1866, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for cinch

Noun and Verb

Spanish cincha, from Latin cingula girdle, girth, from cingere — more at cincture

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2 May 2021

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“Cinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : something that is very easy to do
chiefly US, informal used to say that something will certainly happen or that someone will easily do something
US : a strap that holds a saddle on a horse



English Language Learners Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (something, such as a belt or strap) tightly around someone or something
informal : to make (something) certain to happen


\ ˈsinch How to pronounce cinch (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sure or an easy thing This game is a cinch to learn.


cinched; cinching

Kids Definition of cinch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (as a belt or strap) tightly

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