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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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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She's also seen rocking a low ponytail, swinging in the clouds, and even becoming a cloud as one takes over her head. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Breathin'" Music Video Features a Hidden Clue About Her Next Album," 7 Nov. 2018 Speaking of, the singer has recently been experimenting with different hairstyles: In the course of the past few months, she's shown off a low ponytail, a lavender dye job, and flowing blond hair. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Hilariously Trolled Kim Kardashian and North West for Their Very Familiar-Looking Ponytails," 30 Sep. 2018 Topping off the look, the actress wore a pair of sparkling diamond earrings and her hair in a low ponytail. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angela Sarafyan’s Sparkling Christian Siriano Gown Just Won All the Emmys," 17 Sep. 2018 Kehlani is spotted by the second verse, with her hair slicked back into a low ponytail and tattoos on display in a strappy black top. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Charlie Puth & Kehlani Get Caught in a Funky Love Triangle in 'Done For Me' Video: Watch," 23 Apr. 2018 Then, apply your favorite styling creme and tie your hair into a low ponytail. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "10 Graduation Hairstyles You Can Rock With Your Cap," 4 Apr. 2018 Pull the two braids and the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail. Nina Judar, Redbook, "Easy Hairstyles That'll Get You Out the Door In 2-Minutes Flat," 19 Sep. 2016 In this pic, Cuoco's changed into a Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit and switched her hair over to a chic high ponytail, presumably for the reception. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco Just Got Married—And Her Dress Was Beautiful," 1 July 2018 Ari topped it all off with her trademark high ponytail and an effusive bow. Cady Lang, Time, "The Most Over-the-Top Looks From the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018

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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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