plural ponces
British : pimp
British, offensive : a gay man
used as a term of abuse and disparagement

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ponce was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Ponce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pon·​ce ˈpȯn(t)-(ˌ)sā How to pronounce Ponce (audio)
city and port on the Caribbean Sea in southern Puerto Rico population 166,327

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