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

Examples of pony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoying the children’s area, pony ride and merry-go-round. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "At San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center, a tale of two malls," 18 Jan. 2020 More information Red Ridge Ranch, W4881 Highway 82, Mauston, is open year-round and offers guided trail rides and pony rides for all ages and abilities on their more than 250 acres of farmland in Juneau County. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 Millie made the crossbody look super laid-back, styling it with a striped sweater, undone pony, and minimal makeup. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Wore the Edgy Louis Vuitton Handbag Every Fashion Blogger is Obsessed With," 15 Nov. 2019 Enjoy a visit with your favorite animals, take a pony ride and take in the fall scenery. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "17 things to do in Howard County in November," 31 Oct. 2019 Use a second ponytail holder and tie the ends of the hair around the pony, and use bobby pins to pull the hair forward and anchor down any loose pieces. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The "Lazy Bun" Is Trending on Pinterest," 13 Aug. 2018 Caroline had seen fit to have her pony make the homeward trip with its hindquarters thrust into Delphine’s ravished clothes. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper's magazine, "The Country in the Woman," 6 Jan. 2020 During the three-day affair—which also makes stops in a handful of other locales like Mexico City, Saint-Tropez, Prague, Shanghai, and Doha—the roving teams of talented showjumpers competed atop their prized ponies. Vogue, "Georgina Bloomberg and Wes Gordon Celebrated Longines Global Champions Tour With a Post–Horse Show Cocktail Party," 1 Oct. 2019 In Wyoming, Gertie's party hired a pack train of ponies and, with a young cowboy as a guide, started to climb into the Tetons. oregonlive, "The first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis: Veterans Day 2019," 11 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pony.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce pony (audio)

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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