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 ponytail (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ponytail in a Sentence

She usually wears her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Recent Examples on the Web In video from one of her recent virtual engagements, Kate Middleton can be seen nervously flipping her hair while wearing it in a ponytail. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte and Kate Middleton Have the Same Adorable Hair Habit," 13 Feb. 2021 She's rarely seen without her gravity-defying ponytail tied neatly with an oversized bow. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Why JoJo Siwa's coming out is such a massively big deal," 30 Jan. 2021 In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Rob Lowe claims to have seen Prince Harry rocking what appeared to be a ponytail. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, "Rob Lowe Says Prince Harry Is Rocking a Ponytail Now," 15 Jan. 2021 Paired with diamond hoops from Lorraine Schwartz, minimal makeup, and a sleek high ponytail, the look was among Lizzo's finest. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lizzo Sent a Powerful Message About Voting Rights at the Billboard Music Awards," 15 Oct. 2020 Earlier that year while on tour, Musgraves sported a fun and festive tinsel ponytail that also lasted the relative lifespan of an Instagram Story. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kacey Musgraves Steps Out With A Fresh Winter Haircut," 16 Dec. 2020 Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan appears on CNN, celebrates 'power of the human spirit' amid COVID-19 pandemic," 14 Dec. 2020 The 9-year-old with a ponytail hit the ball, which skirted the edge of the hole. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Lifelong educator uses golf to teach children about life," 23 Nov. 2020 The one where a girl takes off her glasses and ponytail and becomes instantly hot! Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "A New She's All That Remake Will Star a TikTok Celeb—and Fans are Skeptical," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Ponytail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ponytail. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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