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

Other Words from ponytail

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 Alicia Keys proved a ponytail is far from casual with her serpentine braid trailing behind her skyline-themed Ralph Lauren dress. Anna Haines, Forbes, 3 May 2022 While pulling her glossy black hair into a high ponytail and doing her makeup for a 9 a.m. appointment, the nerves hit. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 The best t-shirt to tuck into straight-leg jeans isn't the best one to offset drapey menswear trousers—and neither of those are quite suited for an athleisure moment with leggings and a high ponytail. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Apr. 2022 Styled into a high ponytail, her hair is two-toned in shades of pastel pink and blue, not dissimilar to that of cotton candy. Addison Aloian, Allure, 19 Apr. 2022 This long and sleek ponytail with a heart braid and diamond accents is a showstopper! Emerald Elitou, Essence, 10 Feb. 2022 Leon tied the outfit together with a pair of hoops earrings and a high ponytail. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 21 Jan. 2022 Before fireworks, Janie changed into a Cult Gaia feathered party dress and finished the look with Oscar de la Renta earrings and a high ponytail, styled for hitting the dance floor. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2021 In 2019, when Michael was in preschool, his grandmother says the superintendent of his district gave her a choice: Cut off Michael’s ponytail or pin it up. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ponytail

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Ponytail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ponytail. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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