po·​ny·​tail | \ ˈpō-nē-ˌtāl How to pronounce ponytail (audio) \

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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ponytailed \ ˈpō-​nē-​ˌtāld How to pronounce ponytailed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ponytail in a Sentence

She usually wears her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Recent Examples on the Web Kardashian West says at the beginning of the video while wearing a hot pink bikini and a blonde, bouncy ponytail. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Reese Witherspoon Kept Every Outfit from Legally Blonde 2: 'I Had It Written in My Contract'," 4 Nov. 2019 From mile-long ponytails to French girl bobs, Jennifer Lopez has a habit of effortlessly switching between eye-catching beauty statements. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Channels Grace Kelly With an Iconic Updo," 28 Oct. 2019 Those of us with a tighter coil curl can do natural styles like a double strand twist, pineapple, or ponytails. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Miko Branch Of Miss Jessie's Shares Her Top Tips For Winter Hair Care," 25 Oct. 2019 Now 49, Chu wears a suit and ponytail to greet guests who recognize him as Richard Yee’s eldest son. BostonGlobe.com, "North Andover’s China Blossom continues to flower - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 As pointed out by Twitter user @daernerys, Prince Harry couldn't stop himself from sweetly rearranging his wife's ponytail during the excursion. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Adorably Fixed Meghan Markle's Hair During Their First Royal Tour Visit," 23 Sep. 2019 Meghan changed up her signature messy bun for a sleek ponytail on the 12th day of the prestigious tennis tournament. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Hair Is A Look She Rarely Wears," 15 July 2019 Of course, Kardashian isn’t the only celebrity who has expressed concern over the potential side effects of rocking a high ponytail. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She Got Plasma Injections to Fix ‘Bald’ Spot on Her Head," 9 Sep. 2019 Last night, Ari accented her signature high ponytail with a little dose of House pride that any Harry Potter fan can appreciate (except maybe Gryffindors): a Slytherin headband. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande's Harry Potter Slytherin Headband Only Costs $8," 11 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce ponytail (audio) \

Kids Definition of ponytail

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

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