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 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, "7 deals you can shop for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month," 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, "The Best Swim Coverups on Amazon," 25 Mar. 2021 With a bucket for a helmet and an old rain poncho for a cape, Dominguita sets out. Washington Post, "Classic adventure stories inspire new Definitely Dominguita series," 2 Mar. 2021 While a blanket with grommets can be strung up like a tarp, even a non-grommeted blanket can be wrapped like a shawl or worn as a makeshift poncho to help weather the worst of any storm. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three (More) Reasons to Own an Emergency Blanket," 8 Nov. 2019 The showpiece is an oversized poncho towards which Götesson took a more is merrier approach, incorporating as many pre-existing garments as possible, eight in all. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary in Per Götesson’s Sustainable Collection for Weekday," 9 Dec. 2020 The capsule collection, exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, consists of three styles: a maxi dress and a top that come in ivory and navy, and a poncho in ivory. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liya Kebede Knows That Partnership Is Essential to Push Ideas Forward," 28 Oct. 2020 Give them several space blankets or an emergency bivy sack, along with a small poncho. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020 Give them several space blankets or an emergency bivy sack, along with a small poncho. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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5 May 2021

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“Poncho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poncho. Accessed 7 May. 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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