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.

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Of course, many Instagram followers guessed it right away—the extra-long ponytail was a good tip. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is Givenchy’s Newest Face," 10 May 2019 Delicate earrings and a low ponytail complete her look. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Never-Before-Seen Photos of Meghan Markle Reveal Her Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line," 10 May 2019 Two of the dolls are white with long hair pulled back in ponytails. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Kandi Burruss pokes fun at her Barbie-like hairstyle," 2 May 2018 Instantly elevate a low ponytail with one of these statement hair ties — think of them as jewelry for your hair. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Best Spring Hair Accessory Trends," 17 Apr. 2018 Police said the first suspect is 5-foot-5, while the second suspect is 5-foot-10 and had a ponytail. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police: Man beaten unconscious after defending sister," 23 June 2019 In it, Virginia Lee Montgomery's Pony Cocoon is a 4k digital video that shows a luna moth emerging from the cocoon of a blond ponytail. Dallas News, "West Dallas sculpture park provides an oasis in a rapidly changing neighborhood," 19 June 2019 Parted deeply to one side and combed back with a wet-look finish, Shayk's ponytail exuded easy elegance, especially flanked by a pair oversized gold hoops. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Irina Shayk Cooly Reimagines the Mom-on-the-Go Updo," 18 June 2019 This is why women’s soccer jerseys are looser and longer on the upper arm, with a lower crew neck that can fit over a ponytail. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How “soccer girl” became the indisputably coolest look," 14 June 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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