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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From Gabrielle Union and Bella Hadid to Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen, our favorite celebrities are showing the world that ponytails are a worthy part of any hairstyle repertoire. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "15 Times Celebrities Made The Ponytail Cool For Summer," 9 July 2018 While the ponytail was a little casual for Beckham, other guests wore similar styles. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Wore a Ponytail To The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Formerly an undercover narcotics detective, Shea recalls his wife making him cut off his ponytail for the family holiday picture. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Local Police Detective Pens Suspense Trilogy," 19 June 2018 To wear leggings and T-shirts, put my hair in a ponytail, try to embrace a year of slovenliness, which in a way is its own luxury. Meaghan O'connell, The Cut, "Pregnancy-Specific Beauty Products Might Seem Ridiculous," 1 June 2018 Two young girls in high ponytails skipped out of mom Shannon Barnella's car. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Parents find childcare options during during the #Red4Ed walkout," 26 Apr. 2018 But what had people talking even before the song’s release was the visual that announced its impending arrival: a profile shot of the singer, her icy, platinum-blonde hair in a low ponytail. Tynan Sinks, Teen Vogue, "How Pop Stars Change Their Looks to Signify Reinvention," 25 Apr. 2018 Cuoco later changed into a lace Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit with Louise et Cie shoes and threw her hair into a ponytail for the reception. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Reveals She Underwent Shoulder Surgery on Honeymoon — 5 Days After Her Wedding," 5 July 2018 In recent decades, the public face of Chanel has been creative director Karl Lagerfeld, instantly recognizable with his ubiquitous dark glasses and snow-white hair pulled into a ponytail. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Chanel’s First Results Release Shows Its Financial Might," 21 June 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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