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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He's even rocked a version of one of this season's hottest natural hair-trends: the puff pony. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 There should be more television space dedicated to Sunday’s championship given the early start won’t conflict much with the ponies. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Comparing the sportsbooks at Atlantic City's Borgata and Ocean Resort ahead of the World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Smaller engines are even finding their way into the iconic ponies of the past. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 Ahead, find all the low ponies from the red carpet, along with some expert tips and tricks to achieving the style on your own. refinery29.com, "The Low-Maintenance Hair Trend That Ruled The MTV Movie & TV Awards," 18 June 2018 Photographing the ponies at Pimlico Race Course at the Preakness Stakes might be on every Maryland photojournalist’s bucket list. baltimoresun.com, "Reflections on our first Preakness," 24 May 2018 The pony made its way down Rosedale Highway eventually turning on Fruitvale Ave towards the shelter. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "California pony reunites with owners after wandering city streets," 7 May 2018 Her colleagues posted video of McLeod escorting the petite pony to her squad car. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pony express? Escaped miniature pony gets police escort home," 26 Apr. 2018 Within hours, posts about the missing pony were shared thousands of times, from Louisiana all the way up to Canada. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Social media helps track down horse reported stolen from Algiers," 18 Apr. 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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