po·​ny·​tail | \ ˈpō-nē-ˌtāl \

Definition of ponytail

: a hairstyle in which the hair is pulled together and banded usually at the back of the head so as to resemble a pony's tail

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Other Words from ponytail

ponytailed \ ˈpō-​nē-​ˌtāld \ adjective

Examples of ponytail in a Sentence

She usually wears her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

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Ariana Grande's ponytail is iconic, inspiring an increase in extension sales and serving as her signature look. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Ariana Grande's Ponytail Height Always Matches Her Mood, Says Hairstylist Chris Appleton," 24 Aug. 2018 Some stars have a signature: platinum hair, a high ponytail, or maybe a scarlet red lip. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Cardi B’s Best Hair and Makeup Looks," 17 Oct. 2018 Throughout this year, Grande and her hair have journeyed through a variety of different styles, including platinum blond and lavender dye jobs, and—gasp—a low ponytail. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Reveals That Going Back to Her High Ponytail Is 'A Remarkable Feeling'," 25 Aug. 2018 Doing away with many hair regulations targeted toward women, the US Navy will now allow women to wear locs, braids, topknots, and ponytails. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Putin on a show," 17 July 2018 For the first look, Symonds gathered Cuoco’s hair into a low ponytail at the nape of her neck, securing it with a bungee. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "How Kaley Cuoco Achieved Her 'Effortless and Natural’ Wedding Day Look — All the Details!," 1 July 2018 Yesterday in Los Angeles, sporting a crimson hoodie and curve-hugging pair of black leggings, the Suspiria actress made her way to the gym with a polished ponytail. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson's Gym Hair Is All the Workout Motivation You Need," 8 Jan. 2019 The woman, who sports a ponytail and a striped shirt, has her hands up and walks backward toward the officers. Scott Berson, sacbee, "Cops bust woman at gunpoint, and video sparks outrage. But she helped kidnap 2 actors, LA police say," 4 July 2018 Later, the victim described her would-be abductor to police as a Hispanic woman in her 40s with a ponytail, freckles on her face, and a black leather jacket. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "A Brave Teen Jumped Out of a Moving Car to Escape Her Kidnapper," 8 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of ponytail

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ponytail was in 1916

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English Language Learners Definition of ponytail

: a way of arranging hair by gathering it together at the back of the head and letting it hang down freely


po·​ny·​tail | \ ˈpō-nē-ˌtāl \

Kids Definition of ponytail

: long hair that is pulled together and banded usually at the back of the head

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