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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That said, the Serbian international has been part of a free-flowing Frankfurt side this season, and is by no means just a one trick pony of a striker. SI.com, "Luka Jovic or Karim Benzema: Assessing Who Should Lead the Line for Real Madrid Next Season," 4 June 2019 In all likelihood, the SF90 will end up among the quickest roadgoing Ferraris ever—the brand's most recent moonshot hypercar, the LaFerrari, packed 950 ponies. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 For Megan, this meant knocking down that obscure pony wall to open up the room, replacing the outdated floors with a hardwood laminate alternative, and rearranging the layout to create more space for everyone to hang. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 2019 Activities, geared mainly for children, included a balloon artist, face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo and pony rides. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Taste of Oak Brook beats the heat with plenty of food, activities, entertainment and fireworks," 5 July 2018 To re-create the faux-hawk seen here, brush hair up and back, and secure three ponies in a row. Jennifer Mulrow, Glamour, "4 Ways to Wear Hair Accessories That Aren't Boring as Hell," 30 Apr. 2018 Margaret’s great passion is for research on migrating ponies in the Chesapeake Bay area. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America," 21 Apr. 2018 Just pull your hair back into three ponies in a line down the back of your head, mohawk-style. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "42 Amazing New Ways to Wear Braids," 1 Feb. 2018 Flower Braid Gather a section of hair from both sides of your head in line with your temples and put the sections into a small pony in the back. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "15 Super-Easy Hairstyles for Lazy Girls Who Can't Even," 12 Dec. 2017

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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 How to pronounce pony (audio) \
plural ponies

Kids Definition of pony

: a small horse

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