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 Phuc was wrapped in a soldier's rain poncho and placed in a morgue because doctors didn't see any hope for her survival. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 The Firebelly also turns into a poncho that can keep you warm while setting up camp. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2022 Since not everyone wants to cover up in tropical floral vibes, Hermoza’s Anita fringed poncho brings a fun geometric twist to the beach or pool. Marie Lodi, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Where The Smiles Have Been / Christine Backus Break out the rain poncho and assemble some cutouts of your favorite furry friends. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 With his new poncho and cap, Sawadogo was the most decked out. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 So bring a poncho! Since 1989 — when box scores for Major League Baseball games began to include weather conditions at the ballpark at the time of first pitch — the White Sox are 18-15 in their home openers. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Keep your upper body toasty with the Poler Reversible Camp poncho ($100). Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 26 Jan. 2021 My little misfit walked away with one more normal social interaction under his belt and a pink rain poncho that fit him perfectly. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 Jul 2022

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“Poncho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poncho. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for poncho


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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