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

ponchoed, adjective
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poncho (ˈpɒntʃəʊ)
n , 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
[C18: from American Spanish, from Araucanian pantho woollen material]

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Word Origin & History

S.Amer. cloak, 1717, from Amer.Sp. poncho, from Araucanian (Chile) pontho "woolen fabric," perhaps infl. by Sp. poncho (adj.), variant of pocho "discolored, faded."
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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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Example sentences
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.
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