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[pon-choh] /ˈpɒn tʃoʊ/
noun, plural ponchos.
a blanketlike cloak with a hole in the center to admit the head, originating in South America, now often worn as a raincoat.
1710-20; < American Spanish < Araucanian
Related forms
ponchoed, adjective Unabridged
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  • He had no poncho, and was wet through, but was much too busy in getting his laden oxen forward to think of personal discomfort.
  • Use them to catch rain, cut three holes to improvise a rain poncho, or windproof your shelter.
  • poncho the dog sleeps in the foot-deep yellow flowers.
  • Darkness hid everything and rain drummed on my poncho and flowed off in torrents soaking trousers and boots.
  • Today, the afghan is popular as a poncho, an alternative to the outdoor sweater.
  • Bring a poncho or rain slicker, or be prepared to purchase a poncho at the falls.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and bring a poncho as the weather may get wet.
  • In summer, rain showers are not uncommon, so pack a light rain jacket or poncho to stay dry when the sky opens up.
  • Pack a lightweight poncho or rain jacket in your gear.
  • Pack a windbreaker or rain poncho on even the hottest summer day.
British Dictionary definitions for poncho


noun (pl) -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
C18: from American Spanish, from Araucanian pantho woollen material
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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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Encyclopedia Article for poncho

cloak worn by men or women, made of a square or rectangle of cloth with a hole in the middle through which the wearer's head protrudes. The original poncho, consisting of a rough, brightly coloured, handloomed woolen cloth, was worn by Latin-American Indians. Ponchos are worn with the edges hanging either parallel or diagonally, forming a diamond shape. They became fashionable in the second half of the 20th century. The poncho can also be a similarly designed garment made of a waterproof material, often hooded, worn chiefly as a raincoat.

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