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 Wellington Barrera, clad in a wool poncho, sheep-leather pants and a cowboy hat, was the only finisher in his under-3 category, bouncing 500 meters (1,640 feet) to victory. Houston Chronicle, "AP Photos: Kids race llamas in Ecuador's highlands," 9 Feb. 2020 In addition to sewing masks, Dollywood’s safety team donated 200 ponchos to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency, Pigeon Forge Fire Department, and the Sevier County Ambulance Service. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Dollywood Is Helping East Tennessee Children's Hospital and First Responders Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis," 14 Apr. 2020 Anderson’s been offered hundreds of dollars for her poncho on rainy days. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Course marshals on 16th hole at Waste Management Phoenix Open welcome the noise," 31 Jan. 2020 Made of ballistic nylon, the backpacks bring security, mobility and dignity to homeless living, complete with a cinch and poncho for weather protection and loops that can attach to the owner's arm or leg to prevent theft. Christopher Weingarten, Billboard, "Leader Of The Pak: Paradigm Agent Ron Kaplan Delivers Custom Backpacks to the Neediest Among Us," 10 Jan. 2020 And although some fans stayed home, thousands of brave, poncho-clinging souls took in the state’s most exciting football game of the year; dampened, but not derailed. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Dampened but not derailed: Governor’s Cup fans press on despite downpour," 30 Nov. 2019 Pink wore her country best, in a brown leather wide-brimmed hat and red chiffon poncho, fitting right in with Stapleton's signature cowboy hat and beard. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, "Pink Earns Country Cred With 'Love Me Anyway' Chris Stapleton Duet at 2019 CMA Awards," 13 Nov. 2019 The robber was described as a young black male who stood about 5 foot 6, weighed around 120 pounds and wore a light blue poncho, black pants and black shoes. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Police: 2 Little Rock restaurants robbed at gunpoint on Thanksgiving," 29 Nov. 2019 Officials say Chase was wearing a poncho and carried a cell phone and box-like object. Ethan Schmidt, azcentral, "Man suspected of making bomb threats at a Sedona bank arrested," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of poncho was in 1717

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16 May 2020

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“Poncho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poncho. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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