pon·​cho ˈpän-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce poncho (audio)
plural ponchos
: a blanket with a slit in the middle so that it can be slipped over the head and worn as a sleeveless garment
: a waterproof garment resembling a poncho and having an integral hood

Examples of poncho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your mom can’t ever seem to get warm, this shawl (or scarf or poncho), is a four-in-one solution that will be cherished for years to come. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2024 Renee Tajima-Peña, a senior faculty member, stood in a line outside Royce Hall to make a donation for the protesters: solar phone chargers, a poncho, some respirators. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Still, Betty proudly wore her identity on her sleeve, bringing empanadas to work and sporting her now infamous Guadalajara poncho as a fashion symbol. Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 23 Jan. 2024 Your poncho will be a green, icky mess, but the only part of you that gets wet is (hopefully) your bare feet. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The poncho is available in many colors and fun prints, like galaxy or bugs, and comes in sizes 3T to 16 years. Maya Polton, Parents, 14 Mar. 2024 To finish off the evening, the pair chose a pink, satin blazer with a diamond pin and white pants and a glittering sequined poncho. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Keith Wilbur, 65, walked along Topanga Canyon Boulevard in rubber rain boots and a plastic poncho. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 In one look, the flowing, romantic shape of a white rain poncho is reminiscent of an Elizabethan blackwork shirt. Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


American Spanish, from Mapuche

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of poncho was in 1717

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“Poncho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poncho. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


pon·​cho ˈpän-chō How to pronounce poncho (audio)
plural ponchos
: a cloak like a blanket with a slit in the middle for the head
: a waterproof garment like a poncho

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