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[poh-nee-teyl] /ˈpoʊ niˌteɪl/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for ponytail
  • 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.
  • She may also wear her hair in a ponytail and has scars on her arms and legs, a scar on her abdomen, and pierced ears.
  • She was last seen wearing purple ponytail holders in her hair.
  • The hair was worn short on the sides and long on top, possibly pulled back into a ponytail.
  • Her dark hair is streaked with silver and pulled back into a simple ponytail.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ponytail

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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