pony

noun

po·​ny ˈpō-nē How to pronounce pony (audio)
plural ponies
1
a
: 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

Examples of pony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five days a week, the center operates a petting zoo and offers pony rides to the public. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Spend Fourth of July along the waterfront at this festival featuring amusement rides, pony rides, community shows, live music, a petting zoo, food and retail vendors and a 9:15 p.m. fireworks show. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 The event offers fun for the whole family, from pony rides and carnival games for the kids to bingo and a silent auction for the adults. Susan Soldavin, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 The pony continues his slow walk, moving across the High Street and down the passage alongside the greetings card shop, stopping to nuzzle something in a dustbin along the way. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pony 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pony was in 1659

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Cite this Entry

“Pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pony

noun
po·​ny ˈpō-nē How to pronounce pony (audio)
plural ponies
1
: a small horse
especially : a horse of any of several breeds of very small compact animals
2
: a word-for-word translation of a foreign language text

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