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 As revealed in a six-part Instagram carousel from December 1, Ari's iconic high pony has now been joined by a chic, white bow. Sara Miranda, Allure, 2 Dec. 2021 With this, my female patients are able to wear their hair back in pony tails, and my male patients are free to wear short haircuts or shave their heads because of hair loss. Beth Landman, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 With 401 horsepower available—one pony more than before—the RS3's boosted five-pot pulls hard to its 7000-rpm redline with fervent glee. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 If his pony tail suggested a degree of permissiveness, the middle finger protruding in the snow globe on his desk did not. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Sunny and Izzy, an earth pony and unicorn respectively, go on an adventure to restore harmony to Equestria. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 The restaurant, grocery and pony keg are offering hundreds of beers and wines, as well as a menu that includes a duck confit and duck prosciutto sandwich with cheese and apple-fennel slaw, as well as a Cuban, a Reuben and an Italian sandwich. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 21 Dec. 2021 An animal rights group has accused the city of Los Angeles of ignoring animal welfare laws at the Griffith Park Pony Rides, claiming that horses at the facility are overworked and calling for a citywide ban on commercial pony rides. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Always one for a little dramatic flair, her pony hit just below the waist and featured a super sleek side part that made the purple highlights pop. Michella Oré, Allure, 7 Dec. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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