\ 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 upcinched 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 Sturdy and smartly designed, this ratcheting pruner from Ironwood Tool Company magnifies your strength up to seven times to make cutting through thick stems, bushes and branches a cinch. Kathy Passero, al, "Gardening tools for all levels: 9 essential items for budding gardeners," 15 May 2020 The American Dream Miami mall is not a cinch to come to fruition. David Lyons,, "Nearly 1,400 apartments to rise near planned American Dream Miami, the nation’s biggest mall," 12 Dec. 2019 The shelters, for starters, are a cinch to disable and transport. Outdoor Life, "Four teepee-style tents, from lightweight to living-room-size," 22 Apr. 2020 Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker almost certainly are headed there, too, and coach Gregg Popovich is another stone-cold cinch for induction one day. Jeff Mcdonald,, "21 for 21: Celebrating certain Hall of Famer Tim Duncan," 3 Apr. 2020 The firm, short-travel brake pedal requires a heavy push and provides good feedback, making modulation a cinch and hauling the TRD to a stop from 70 mph in just 156 feet—over and over again. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Camry TRD: Family Car or Track Star?," 14 Feb. 2020 This election was supposed to be a cinch for Trudeau, whose father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was one of Canada’s longest-serving prime ministers. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Former sensation Justin Trudeau fighting for his political life in Canada’s election," 19 Oct. 2019 Barring injury, Hodgins seems a cinch for first-team all-conference honors … and probably on his way to the 2020 NFL Draft. oregonlive, "David Shaw impressed with Oregon State, offense can’t keep posting one-half shutouts: 10 takeaways from Beavers’ 31-28 loss to Stanford," 29 Sep. 2019 At the time, there was speculation, fuelled by the Saudis themselves, that Aramco was a cinch for a $2 trillion valuation. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "Why Saudi Arabia Might be Having Seller’s Remorse Over the Imminent Saudi Aramco IPO," 30 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The model-actress stepped out in a simple white tank with a pair of high-waisted faded jeans that were cinched with a rich brown leather belt that highlighted her whittled waist. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Already Wearing One of Fashion Week’s Trickiest Trends," 16 Sep. 2019 Of the cosmetic procedures out there, cheek fillers haven't reached ubiquity like lip injections, waist-cinching tummy tucks, or Brazilian butt lifts. Harper's BAZAAR, "What Are Cheek Fillers? Experts Explain," 22 Aug. 2019 Brown then lowered the bag to the ground and, with the tongs, pulled the snake’s lower half out, with the head and upper body inside the re-cinched enclosure. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019 Of course, what likely cinched the whole thing for Ballard is that beyond looking the part, Taylor sounds like a Colt, too. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Why the Colts pulled off a stunner, drafted Jonathan Taylor," 25 Apr. 2020 But the trip wasn’t enough to cinch the sister-city relationship. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "As Bernie Sanders Pushed for Closer Ties, Soviet Union Spotted Opportunity," 5 Mar. 2020 There are 1,357 delegates up for grabs, including 415 in California and 228 in Texas, which is a huge number considering a candidate needs 1,991 to cinch the nomination according to Democratic National Committee (DNC) rules. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Super Tuesday Poll Results: #JoeMentum Is Real," 4 Mar. 2020 Pull the new loop tight, and then pull the line to cinch the man harness knot. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge also opted for a simple black dress, cinched with a suede belt. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Prince William Just Stepped Out Together—Alongside the Queen," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of cinch was in 1859

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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