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noun, plural pon·chos.
  1. a blanketlike cloak with a hole in the center to admit the head, originating in South America, now often worn as a raincoat.
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Origin of poncho

1710–20; < American Spanish < Araucanian
Related formspon·choed, adjective
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Related Words for poncho

mantle, coat, shawl, raincoat, wrap, cape, capote, manteau

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Contemporary Examples of poncho

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
  1. 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
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Word Origin for poncho

C18: from American Spanish, from Araucanian pantho woollen material
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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