[ pon-choh ]
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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.

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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How to use poncho in a sentence

  • A string of pack llamas swung grunting by under their loads, driven by ponchoed cholos.

    The Tempering | Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for poncho


/ (ˈpɒntʃəʊ) /

nounplural -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

Origin of poncho

C18: from American Spanish, from Araucanian pantho woollen material

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