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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Pretend it drizzles and a man in an ugly plastic ponchocircles the Mathers, all but sniffing the air warily. Constance Grady, Vox, "Meet the medieval Welsh poet who wrote odes to her vagina," 17 Aug. 2019 Last year, the Catholic school faced scrutiny for their plan to hand out modesty ponchos at prom to girls whose dresses were deemed too revealing. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Female Divine Child High School students protest 'modesty' lesson," 11 June 2019 Those of you who like to hunt caribou in the Nelchina Basin should try this: take off from Eureka with a poncho, a box of Pilot Bread and a jar of peanut butter and head for the Denali Highway on foot. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s early explorers were tough buzzards when it came to traveling and camping," 6 Aug. 2019 The 16-pound backpack also has a 30-hour candle, 12-hour bright stick and a hand-crank flashlight, radio and phone charger plus ponchos, mylar sleeping bags, a two-person tube tent and hand and body warmers. oregonlive.com, "6 emergency kits you can buy now to prepare for an earthquake," 10 July 2019 Made in Turkey of 100% natural cotton, the ponchos are lightweight, soft and ultra-absorbent. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 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

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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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