po·ny | \ˈpō-nē \
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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Spacepaste isn’t just for glitter ponies at Burning Man or Coachella. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Secret Twinkly Beauty Product That All the Celebrities Are Wearing," 5 July 2018 Singer Niia modeled the clothes in the Arizona desert posing alongside mini and full-sized ponies plus mint-green trucks. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This New Brand Has Mastered Western Style," 13 July 2018 Blackwell raises ponies as a hobby and often donates the animals to be auctioned off for charity. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Friendly pony returned to Alvin owners after being stolen on July 4th," 7 July 2018 Hill, who lost both legs in a motor-vehicle accident while on active duty, sat in a wheelchair as his children used washable paint to decorate a patient pony named Root Beer with circles, stars, and wavy lines. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "At Maine retreat, disabled veterans find sense of belonging," 6 July 2018 The closing program will include a bounce house and pony rides. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Church news," 12 June 2018 Ford will build a 2019 model if its fast and popular Shelby GT350 Mustang with a number of upgrades to raise the 526-horsepower pony car’s performance to an even higher level. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades," 11 June 2018 After weighing several options — including renting a pony for Vazquez — Wardenaar learned about the Freeloader, a $300 child carrier that would allow Wardenaar to carry the little girl on her back. Char Adams, ajc, "Teacher carries 10-year-old student with cerebral palsy on her back during class hike," 11 June 2018 But the celebrations inside the tent continued well after the players and ponies left the field—thanks to the abundance of spirits, both literal and figurative. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Sienna Miller and Penélope Cruz Don Their Summer Best at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic," 4 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pony

: a small horse


po·ny | \ˈpō-nē \
plural ponies

Kids Definition of pony

: a small horse

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