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[pon-choh] /ˈpɒn tʃoʊ/
noun, plural ponchos.
a blanketlike cloak with a hole in the center to admit the head, originating in South America, now often worn as a raincoat.
Origin of poncho
1710-20; < American Spanish < Araucanian
Related forms
ponchoed, adjective Unabridged
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  • He had a beard, and on his shoulder a poncho, but that was all I knew.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It had the appearance of a short fellow in a poncho and a big hat.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • I shall spread my poncho and blanket on the ground presently.

  • On it you lay your shelter-half and fold it till it too is an oblong, smaller than the poncho.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • Knudsen, with a groan, got out of bed and put on his poncho.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for poncho


noun (pl) -chos
a cloak of a kind originally worn in South America, made of a rectangular or circular piece of cloth, esp wool, with a hole in the middle to put the head through
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish, from Araucanian pantho woollen material
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Word Origin and History for poncho

type of blanket-like South American cloak, 1717, from American Spanish poncho, from Araucanian (Chile) pontho "woolen fabric," perhaps influenced by Spanish poncho (adj.), variant of pocho "discolored, faded."

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