\ 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


This recipe is a cinch. This dish is a cinch to make.


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

At their current pace, six more Twins home runs could place them directly under the Capitol’s marble dome, and seven would be a cinch. Joe Bissen, Twin Cities, "Miles and miles of Twins home runs — enough to reach the Capitol?," 8 June 2019 The 400 guests were asked to wear black and white — a cinch for men in tuxedos, with women sporting stripes, polka dots and other versions of the timeless combination. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "Hillwood’s gala was black and white, just like its new photo exhibit," 5 June 2019 Koepka, who was on the 15th fairway and knew from the crowd’s reaction that Johnson had dropped a shot, came to 16 having bogeyed four in a row, looking a bit worn and, perhaps for the first time in four days, sensing this was no cinch. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Gone with the wind: DJ’s chance to catch Koepka at PGA," 19 May 2019 CraftSanity makes creating a merino wool infinity scarf seem like a cinch in this tutorial taken at the Becozi headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 It's got a creamy matte consistency and a sharp tip that makes precise application a cinch. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "5 Cult Favorite Lipstick Shades That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone," 28 Aug. 2018 Chicago Tribune Three up Jon Lester: Cubs ace look like a cinch for NL Pitcher of the Month with 5-0 record, 1.13 ERA in five June starts. Paul Sullivan,, "Giants' Madison Bumgarner likes strategy having no DH creates in National League," 30 June 2018 Made with the company's most powerful motor, which spins up to 125,000 RPM, the lightweight machine is a cinch to use if clunky cleaning appliances are not your friend — raises hand. Southern Living, "If You Hate Cleaning, This Vacuum Is For You," 26 Apr. 2018 The sleek silver Sous Chef is a cinch to use as well, and has a feeding tube large enough to hold a tomato or one-pound block of mozzarella. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Breville the Sous Chef 12 #BFP660," 7 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She is draped on a chair, wearing a fashionable dress with a bodice cinched to her waist and a voluminous skirt lavishly sweeping the floor. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 There were shirtdresses cinched tight with a belt, plus pussybow blouses, stiletto heels, sharp shoulders and at least one evening gown with a cape-style bodice. Washington Post, "Trump’s catastrophic fashion choices in England were not just a sign of bad taste," 6 June 2019 Later, if a crash seems imminent, the seat receives a radio signal from the car that initiates the electronic release of that spring and cinches the child seat's belts tight. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz's Car Seat Prototype Will Make Children Safer," 21 May 2019 Switching up last year's black ensemble for a white one, Melania Trump wears a sequin Celine dress while Donald Trump dons his usual Mar-a-Lago look, a chin-cinching tuxedo. Vogue, "What's Up With This Year's Surreal White House Christmas Portrait?," 18 Dec. 2018 Women started wearing narrow skirts cinched at the knees or even the ankles. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 The Crazy Rich Asians star, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy wore a custom nude Vera Wang A-line gown with corset and orange velvet bow cinched at her waist. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Kelly took the stage during the Battle Rounds in a vibrant, color block dress that reached the floor and cinched at the waist with a belt. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Can't Stop Talking About Kelly Clarkson's Battle Rounds Dress," 26 Mar. 2019 There are masculine silhouettes and men’s tailoring in the debut collection, but those items are cinched at the waist with a garment of Castiglioni’s invention and softened by bright colors. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Plan C, the New Label From the Family Behind Marni, Is the Coolest Thing to Come out of Milan," 27 Feb. 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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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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