po·​ny | \ ˈpō-nē How to pronounce pony (audio) \
plural ponies

Definition of pony

1a : a small horse especially : one of any of several breeds of very small stocky animals noted for their gentleness and endurance
b : a bronco, mustang, or similar horse of the western U.S.
c : racehorse usually used in plural
2 : something smaller than standard: such as
a : a small beer glass
b : a small liqueur glass typically holding one ounce
3 : a literal translation of a foreign language text especially : one used surreptitiously by students in preparing or reciting lessons

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Recent Examples on the Web April 28, 2020 In Griffith Park, authorities have closed facilities including the observatory, Travel Town, train rides, the pony rides, the merry-go-round and some roads. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "What’s open and closed this busy weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California," 8 May 2020 According to Automotive News and Bloomberg, Chrysler will recall 88,346 of the pony cars for possibly defective driver’s-side airbags. Clifford Atiyeh And Rusty Blackwell, Car and Driver, "Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles," 21 Feb. 2020 The Mustang Mach-E, an electric SUV with handling developed by the Mustang team, and looks that consciously echo the original pony car, has the makings of a hit, but its production launch will be critical. Dallas News, "What are the most interesting vehicles coming in 2020?," 11 Jan. 2020 The Ford Mustang Mach-E crossover is a sibling of the pony car from a styling perspective. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "12 most anticipated new cars and trucks of 2020: These upcoming vehicles are ones to watch," 3 Dec. 2019 Bring the kids early for a pony ride or stick rodeo, then watch professional rodeo wranglers ride bareback, rope and wrestle steers, and ride the bucking bull. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train rides, a rodeo, zip lining, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 9 June 2019 For that Zoom call, throw on a blazer over a cotton shirt, consider a muted lip color if that’s your thing, or put your hair in a neat pony. NBC News, "9 ways young women can 'earn it' while working from home during COVID-19," 30 Apr. 2020 That's a dozen more horses than the non-hybrid's turbocharged 1.6-liter four and a single pony more than its 2.5-liter four. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Combines Style, Tech, and Fuel Efficiency," 10 Apr. 2020 And who doesn’t feel better knowing that Arnold Schwarzenegger is sheltering in place (like, in his kitchen) with a pony named Whiskey and a wee donkey named Lulu? Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Crowdsourcing support during social isolation," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pony

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pony

probably from obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of French poulain colt, from Old French pulain, perhaps from Medieval Latin pullamen young animal, from Latin pullus — more at foal

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pony

: a small horse


po·​ny | \ ˈpō-nē How to pronounce pony (audio) \
plural ponies

Kids Definition of pony

: a small horse

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