pon·​cho | \ ˈpän-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce poncho (audio) \
plural ponchos

Definition of poncho

1 : a blanket with a slit in the middle so that it can be slipped over the head and worn as a sleeveless garment
2 : a waterproof garment resembling a poncho and having an integral hood

Examples of poncho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But nobody out-scantily-clads Danny, who is back on his side-butt-showing game by wearing nothing but a poncho (a very, very sublime costuming choice). Rose Maura Lorre, Vulture, 25 June 2021 This kit also includes a whistle, a first aid kit, a light stick, tissues, a dust mask, a rain poncho, gloves and a survival blanket. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 In an effort to display his patriotism, Rock cut a hole in an American flag and wore it as a poncho during his Super Bowl halftime show appearance, before throwing it into the crowd. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 10 June 2021 If there are any doubts about the weather turning, pack a poncho or rain coat; most of Mulcahy’s seats are exposed. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 For cozying up against the air conditioning, bedding down as a sleeping bag or self-stuffing pillow, or even serving as an emergency poncho with its water-repellant, ripstop shell, including this versatile piece seriously trims your packing list. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 18 May 2021 There’s also an emergency poncho if you get stranded in the rain. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Solo items, like this UV protection baby poncho, are also on sale: This one's now $59, which is down 40% from its retail price of $98. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 This lace beach dress in perfect-for-summer white fits like a poncho but has figure-flattering side ties with tassels for a breezy, boho style boost. Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of poncho

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poncho

American Spanish, from Mapuche

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4 Jul 2021

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“Poncho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poncho. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poncho

: a piece of clothing that is used as a coat and that is made of a single piece of cloth or plastic with a hole in the middle for a person's head to go through


pon·​cho | \ ˈpän-chō How to pronounce poncho (audio) \
plural ponchos

Kids Definition of poncho

: a garment that is like a blanket with a hole in the middle for the head

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