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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Mennonite men outside the auction did the hard work of shoeing the arabbers’ ponies and filing their back teeth on a blazingly hot afternoon. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade," 4 Sep. 2018 SOMERVILLE Summertime in Somerville kicks off with the 13th annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 23, 12 to 4 p.m., with a BBQ, music, pony and train rides, face painting, and other children’s activities. BostonGlobe.com, "Zoo animals, an outdoor festival, and ice cream help kick off summer," 15 June 2018 The president of the historic riding club, Suzie Osimo, stated in a news release that the organization is pleased to have the opportunity to host the show each year, where ponies and horses are put through their paces in several rings. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "97th annual Flintridge Horse Show is this weekend in La Cañada," 24 Apr. 2018 Think: an emerald leather jacket with a rabbit fur collar and pony trim, embellished with jacquard lotus petals and abstract dragon wings. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Penultimate Is a New American Fashion Fantasy, Written By a Chinese Immigrant," 26 Mar. 2019 As if residing with two adorable ponies just off the back patio wasn’t enough, the fact that the home came with stairs took the entire class of preteens over the edge. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "McDonalds embrace Glendale 'farm living within the city limits'," 24 May 2018 They were also printed in leopard pony hair, to match his wife, of course. Vogue, "Ciara and Russell Wilson Just Raised the Bar on Couples Style," 14 Mar. 2019 The Washington Post also reports that there have been occasional unconfirmed cases of the disease among Chincoteague ponies in the past. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Deadly 'Swamp Cancer' Has Killed Seven of the Famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies," 11 Jan. 2019 There are a surprising number of ponies knocking about too. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 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 How to pronounce pony (audio) \
plural ponies

Kids Definition of pony

: a small horse

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