an arrangement of the hair in a long lock drawn tightly against the back of the head and cinched so as to hang loosely.

Origin of ponytail

First recorded in 1870–75; pony + tail1
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Historical Examples of ponytail

  • Tabira nang buhuk mu, ayaw ipunitil, Braid your hair instead of having it in ponytail.

  • The yellow glow from the light above the booth subdued the red-auburn cast of her ponytail hair.

    Old Rambling House

    Frank Patrick Herbert

British Dictionary definitions for ponytail



a hairstyle in which the hair is pulled tightly into a band or ribbon at the back of the head into a loose hanging fall
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Word Origin and History for ponytail

long hair style, originally of girls, 1950, from pony (n.) + tail (n.).

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