\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the Yankees’ domineering bullpen, the rest of the game was a cinch. Matthew Roberson, Hartford Courant, 28 Apr. 2022 Taking a piece down a few sizes will be a cinch in the right hands and, depending on the cut of the dress and its historical value, Kaizer would cast an even wider net. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Plus, carrying the tote bag is a cinch thanks to the 9-inch drop shoulder handle and the adjustable crossbody strap. Brittany Vanderbill,, 14 Apr. 2022 Hard plastic chairs, often made from polycarbonate, are waterproof and a cinch to wipe down. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2022 The light weight plus the included carrying strap — which fits super tightly — makes storing and carrying this mat a cinch. Sara Gaynes Levy,, 15 Apr. 2022 To live freely and yet remain at once autarkic and socially viable was no cinch for a single woman at the time. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 The gloves themselves are upscale – made of calfskin leather, waterproof lined, palm reinforced, and a wrist velcro cinch sloure system to make a snug fit. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The cinch cord on the side of the waist allowed for a tight fit that prevented any water flushing. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 23 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It's designed with a deep V-neck, a ribbon that can be used to cinch the dress at your waist, and it's finished off with a back zipper closure. Amy Schulman,, 6 May 2022 Over time, the strap may naturally stretch, prompting you to cinch it tighter and tighter around your waist. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 His group, Bandit, created a product that can cinch the waist of shorts or pants to help people achieve the perfect fit. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Apr. 2022 This go-to gesture of peace and accord, used to cinch deals, bless the start of high-level meetings, and congratulate victors has been a mainstay of the Western World for well over 2,000 years. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2022 Slide the knot off your hand, and cinch the ends tight. Ari Schneider, Outside Online, 8 June 2020 Boa is working with several companies to create uppers that adapt to your foot shape and then cinch down precisely with their cable-and-dial system. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 26 June 2020 The 22-year-old is the first Team USA figure skater to cinch the gold medal since Evan Lysacek in the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and the seventh American to win ever. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 11 Feb. 2022 To cinch the waist even more, add a belt, emphasizing the A-line hem. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 2022

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“Cinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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