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poncho

[ pon-choh ]
/ ˈpɒn tʃoʊ /
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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.
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Origin of poncho

First recorded in 1710–20; from Latin American Spanish: further origin uncertain; perhaps from Araucanian pontho “woolen fabric”; perhaps from Old Spanish poncho “a mantle or cloak”; perhaps a back formation from ponchón “lazy, sluggish”; perhaps an alteration of unrecorded pochón, an augmentative of pocho “pale, faded,” and probably akin to pachón “phlegmatic, sluggish”

OTHER WORDS FROM poncho

ponchoed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for poncho

poncho
/ (ˈpɒntʃəʊ) /

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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