noun, plural pon·chos.

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 formspon·choed, adjective
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Historical Examples of poncho

  • 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 plural -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 for poncho

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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