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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 In the clubhouse at 3-under-par, Bernhard Langer is a cinch to make the cut. Star Tribune, "Masters Round 2 recap," 13 Nov. 2020 So, Harris is a cinch to be vice president on Jan. 20. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom says he hasn’t decided on Harris’ successor in Senate. Here are some possibilities," 2 Nov. 2020 This egg cooker makes breakfast a cinch can soft boil, hard boil, scramble, and poach—all in one machine. Kate Tully Ellsworth, USA TODAY, "50 great gifts under $25 people will actually use," 8 Oct. 2020 The dispenser drawer is large and a cinch to fill without spilling. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: GE Appliances UltraFresh Front Load Washer with OdorBlock," 1 Oct. 2020 The 43-year-old cinch Hall of Famer completed 30 of 46 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Herbert and Chargers start quick before turning over game in loss," 4 Oct. 2020 But reworking the schedule is a cinch in the grand scheme of things. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tennessee Titans' COVID-19 outbreak is reality check for NFL," 1 Oct. 2020 Same goes for its star, Catherine O’Hara—a cinch for Best Actress as Moira, the weird lady with all the wigs. Tom Gliatto,, "Who Will Win at the 2020 Emmy Awards? Find Out PEOPLE's Predictions!," 10 Sep. 2020 Southern Cal, led by the great sprinter Mel Patton, was considered a cinch to take away the team title. Star Tribune, "Reusse: Gophers leaders, Mark Coyle get it wrong: men's track and field program too good to cut," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Kathryn Haun, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz Belt and Road, the centerpiece of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy, is helping China cinch together a network of economically dependent client states from Southeast Asia to Egypt to Ecuador. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Inside China’s drive for digital currency dominance," 10 Aug. 2020 Just note that some mermaid skirts will cinch below the knees and flare at the bottom, slightly restricting movement. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "15 Gorgeous DIY Mermaid Costumes You Can Throw Together at the Last Minute," 20 July 2020 The body-tight design minimizes heat robbing dead air space, and many come with smart hoods that cinch tightly around the head and neck, and baffle and zipper features that keep heat from sneaking out or cold from sneaking in. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Mummy-Style Sleeping Bag," 1 July 2020 Trim into the shape of a fish’s tail, and cinch with twine or pipe cleaner to hold the shape. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Week two: Create a fake lake," 1 July 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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The first known use of cinch was in 1859

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 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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