pon·​cho | \ˈpän-(ˌ)chō \
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

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Instead of packing up, bust out your Mickey poncho and stick around because rides continue in rainy conditions. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 The bags contain keepsakes such as an Order of Service for the royal wedding ceremony, a fridge magnet, a poncho in case of rain on the day, shortbread cookies, and chocolate coins. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gift Bags from Princess Eugenie's Wedding Are Selling for Less Than Meghan & Harry's $28,500 Record," 13 Oct. 2018 Willemen and her son were gifted goodie bags with biscuits, a magnet, a chocolate coin, and a poncho. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer's name on her clipboard. Thomas Beaumont And Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Former epicenter of GOP resurgence, Dems see Wisconsin as ground zero for their party's revival," 19 Apr. 2018 Shelter Sacrifice the comfort of a tent for mobility by pairing your tarp poncho with a foam pad, such as Gossamer Gear’s sub-three-ounce Thinlight ($18) and Survival Frog’s Tact Bivvy ($17). Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "The Ultimate DIY Bug-Out Bag," 27 June 2018 Diaz, who said his boss had considered skipping the marathon this year due to the severe weather, did his best to stay warm Monday morning, with two sweatshirts, a jacket, and a poncho. Dugan Arnett, Jerome Campbell, Eric Moskowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Runners, spectators brave bone-chilling weather," 16 Apr. 2018 Rapper and model Playboi Carti closed the show with an oversized metallic poncho, iridescent chain-link duffle and graphic print pants. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 June 2018 Full-on rain jackets are overkill, but throw a cheap fold-up poncho in your day pack. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "How a French Polynesia Cruise Made Me a Joiner," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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