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

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The famous bird greets guests in a sombrero and poncho for photo ops in front of an ancient Aztec pyramid. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Donald Duck Day: Where to find the famous bird at Walt Disney World," 9 June 2019 Trade Your Trench for a Poncho If the word poncho reminds you of the crocheted thing your grandmother once wore, Gucci and Chloé should change your mind. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Revisit the Best Trends From Pre-Fall, Hitting Stores (and Streets!) Now," 2 May 2019 In practice, of course, things are a little different, as evidenced by Kid Rock’s flag poncho and Beyonce’s flag Daisy Dukes. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Are flag-wearing celebs being disrespectful or just following their own American tradition?," 5 July 2018 On Cover: Zero Maria + Cornejo rae poncho, $1,795. zeromariacornejo.com. Vernon François, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams in Conversation With Naomi Wadler on Power, Activism, and Black Girl Magic," 12 Dec. 2018 Then there are grenades, food, and water, a poncho, and liner, plus personal items such as a flashlight, night vision gear, and medical kit. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 The Rise of the Poncho Light enough to be worn in a warm breeze but functional enough to take on a chill, the poncho has become a sleeper solution to dressing in a world rocked by climate change. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 For her third look, Halsey — who performed with fellow artist HeyTeeTee — went pantsless, commanding the stage in an oversized mesh poncho and white sneakers. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wears Air-Brushed Thigh High Boots for Billboard Hot 100 Festival," 19 Aug. 2018 At Chloé, Natacha Ramsay-Levi offered a boxy poncho with safety orange details, while Pierpaolo Piccioli cut one in quilted camouflage at Valentino. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 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 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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