- a strong girth used on stock saddles, having a ring at each end to which a strap running from the saddle is secured.
- a firm hold or tight grip.
- something sure or easy: This problem is a cinch.
- a person or thing certain to fulfill an expectation, especially a team or contestant certain to win a sporting event: The Giants are a cinch to win Sunday's game.
- to gird with a cinch; gird or bind firmly.
- Informal. to seize on or make sure of; guarantee: Ability and hard work cinched her success.
Origin of cinch1
Related Wordssettled, sure, guaranteed, closed, sealed, fixed, pronounced, distinct, determined, resolved, underwrite, shield, cover, assure, hedge, safeguard, guarantee, insure, confirm, ensure
Examples from the Web for cinched
For example, some Kaftan-inspired dresses with flowing silhouettes were paired with belts which cinched the waistline.Chloé Spring/ Summer 2014: Modern Exoticism
September 29, 2013
A standout was a seductive black trench with a cinched waist.Lanvin Spring/ Summer 2014: All That Glitters
September 26, 2013
After all, the Vatican experts had predicted that a short conclave meant that one of the two frontrunners had cinched the deal.An Argentine Runner-Up Gets the Catholic Church’s Top Job
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 13, 2013
They had measurements of what her waist size was when she was cinched in and corseted.Sally Field on Whether Mary Lincoln Was Bipolar, Oscars & More
December 10, 2012
I got him down to the ground, took off his belt, and cinched it tightly around his biceps to stop the bleeding.Send Bin Laden the Bill: Dakota Meyer on His Return From Afghanistan
September 29, 2012
The old man was cinched at last; Mackenzie was glad that it was so.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
But he climbed into the saddle which Jack had cinched for him.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
Laying the saddle on swiftly, but gently, he cinched it strongly.The Eagle's Heart
He dismounted and cinched up his saddle and inspected his revolver.With Hoops of Steel
Florence Finch Kelly
Sawtell seemed inclined to talk while he cinched up Las Vegas.The Lone Ranger Rides
- slang an easy task
- slang a certainty
- US and Canadian a band around a horse's belly to keep the saddle in positionAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): girth
- informal a firm grip
- (often foll by up) US and Canadian to fasten a girth around (a horse)
- (tr) informal to make sure of
- (tr) informal to get a firm grip on
- a card game in which the five of trumps ranks highest
Word Origin and History for cinched
1859, American English, "saddle-girth," from Spanish cincha "girdle," from Latin cingulum "a girdle, a swordbelt," from cingere "to surround, encircle," from PIE root *kenk- (1) "to gird, encircle" (cf. Sanskrit kankate "binds," kanci "girdle;" Lithuanian kinkau "to harness horses"). Replaced earlier surcingle. Sense of "an easy thing" is 1898, via notion of "a sure hold" (1888).
1866, "to pull in," from cinch (n.). Figurative meaning "make certain" is from 1891, American English slang. Related: Cinched; cinching.