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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The festival includes classic fall activities like corn mazes and pony rides, but there's also a Museum of Oddities and a Spirit of Halloweentown gift shop to enjoy as well! Jelani Addams Rosa, Seventeen, ""Halloweentown" Is a Real Place You Can Visit!," 17 Aug. 2018 One style that keeps popping up on the natural hair circuit is the bubble pony. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "Afro Puff Bubble Ponytails Are My New Favorite Protective Style," 26 July 2018 Susie Blackwell, who lives between Pearland, Alvin and Manvel along Highway 6, reported the pony stolen Wednesday night as fireworks lit up the sky around her property. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Friendly pony returned to Alvin owners after being stolen on July 4th," 7 July 2018 But the sound of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless isn’t just a one-genre pony. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 For a fleeting moment, sipping rose as the polo ponies rumbled by, we were transported to another time and place, taking in the sport of kings. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018 After experimenting with a down and straight style and space buns, Ariana returned to her high pony ways. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Went Platinum Blonde," 8 Nov. 2018 But sailing along the B3212 from Two Bridges to Moretonhampstead will provide more than enough lonely vistas, road-hugging sheep, native ponies—and motoring Zen. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 Since the incident, Carrabba has changed its policy to only allow service dogs and ponies on the patio. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Florida restaurant no longer allows 'Monkey Mondays' after animal bit 8-year-old boy," 27 Aug. 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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