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

1870–75; pony + tail1

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ponytail (ˈpəʊnɪˌteɪl)
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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Example sentences
The photograph before me was taken a year or so ago, cut to fit my wallet, his
  strawberry blond hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Look at a swatch of it and you will want to throw your hair into a side
  ponytail and make a bowl of microwave popcorn.
Elasticity, density, curl and length determine the shape of a ponytail when all
  those strands are bundled together.
She made me take my ponytail out, and she looked through my scalp.
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