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a seaport in S Puerto Rico.
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ponce (pɒns)
1.  a man given to ostentatious or effeminate display in manners, speech, dress, etc
2.  another word for pimp
3.  (intr; often foll by around or about) to act like a ponce
[C19: from Polari, from Spanish pu(n)to male prostitute or French pront prostitute]

Ponce (Spanish ˈpɔnθe)
a port in S Puerto Rico, on the Caribbean: the second largest town on the island; settled in the 16th century. Pop: 185 930 (2003 est)

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1872, slang term, chiefly British, originally "a pimp, a man supported by women" (pouncey in same sense is attested from 1861), of unknown origin, perhaps from Fr. pensionnaire "boarder, lodger, person living without working." Meaning "male homosexual" first attested 1932 in Auden.
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major city and principal port of southern Puerto Rico. The third most populous urban centre of the island, after San Juan and Bayamon, the city is situated 3 miles (5 km) north of its port, Playa de Ponce. Founded in either 1670 or 1680 as Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Ponce, it was raised to the status of town in 1692, to that of villa in 1848, and to that of city in 1877. In 1897 Spain's overseas minister designated Ponce as the capital of the southern region, one of the island's two major districts. In 1898 Ponce, with the rest of the island, came under the jurisdiction of the United States, which made extensive harbour improvements to it.

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