\ 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 These onions, which are a cinch to make, are a tangy staple in my house. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Is This the Pie of the Summer?," 9 Aug. 2019 Popovich, who has won five NBA titles, is a cinch Hall of Famer . . Gary Washburn,, "Celtics coach Brad Stevens will have plenty of choices with new-look roster," 7 Sep. 2019 These, from Pike Trail, have a great pull over design and a cinch top to make sure everything stays out. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Camp in the Rain Like a Pro," 5 Aug. 2019 If that's a cinch, go even bolder with your pigment and use a true grassy green for maximum impact. Maya Mcdowell, Marie Claire, "The Buzziest Beauty Microtrends of Summer 2019," 24 July 2019 With their cinch waists and strong shoulders, the bar suits have all become iconic, along with those distinctive wide-brim chapeaus. Vogue, "Elle Fanning Delivers a Lesson in French Fashion History at Cannes," 21 May 2019 The Giants’ rotation is in flux, but Madison Bumgarner would be a cinch to start a wild-card game if his schedule allows. Bruce Jenkins,, "Starting a relief pitcher: Still an undesirable novelty," 2 Aug. 2019 It's got a creamy, matte consistency and a sharp tip that makes precise application a cinch. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "5 Cult Favorite Lipstick Shades That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone," 1 Aug. 2019 Luis Arraez, 22, playing for $555,000 this season, seems a cinch to start at second base for the Twins next year, replacing Jonathan Schoop, 27, who is being paid $7.5 million and can become a free agent. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Higher payroll with more wins is ‘part of the deal’ for Twins’ Pohlad," 27 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The blazer featured big buttons down the center and a belt cinched around the waist, adding a feminine touch to traditionally masculine apparel. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Wears the Coolest Blue Suit by Sies Marjan in New York," 28 Oct. 2019 The 53-year-old native of Aurora, Ontario—blond, wearing a fitted blue zip-front jumpsuit cinched with a black Gucci belt—is here today to discuss those horses and what is to be done about them. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "34 Horses Have Died at Santa Anita Racetrack Since December. What's Happened?," 27 Oct. 2019 Adele was looking decidedly more svelte and wearing a black, off-the-shoulder gown, cinched with a jeweled belt -- all the better to show off her small waist, which sent Twitter into a spin. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Adele sported a new look at Drake's birthday party and it was fire," 25 Oct. 2019 Ratajkowski wore the look with an ’80s-style orange and black zebra striped belt by Maryam Nassir Zadeh tightly cinched around her waist to show off her silhouette. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Styling Trick Is the Key to Wearing an XXL Jacket," 21 Oct. 2019 Roberts used a simple white belt to cinch her jumpsuit. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "Julia Roberts Channeled Her Iconic Pretty Woman Character in a Polka-Dot Jumpsuit," 6 Oct. 2019 For Eugenie’s wedding, Goulding chose a light blue dress with matching fascinator and belt cinched around her waist. Stephanie Petit,, "Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice Arrive at Ellie Goulding's Wedding to Caspar Jopling," 31 Aug. 2019 With 1:37 left, Fred VanVleet hit a game-cinching three-pointer as the shot clock expired which saw the Raptors retake a double-digit lead and hold on for the win. Kaelen Jones,, "Raptors Beat Shorthanded Warriors, Take 2–1 Series Lead," 5 June 2019 To add to her look, Cardi wore a corset-like floral vest, cinched tightly around her waist with a thick belt. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of cinch was in 1859

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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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