Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A blanketlike cloak having a hole in the center for the head.
  • noun A similar garment having a hood used as a raincoat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sort of cloak or loose garment worn by the South American Indians, and also by many of the Spanish inhabitants of South America and Mexico.
  • noun A trade-name for camlet or strong worsted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of cloak worn by the Spanish Americans, having the form of a blanket, with a slit in the middle for the head to pass through. A kind of poncho made of rubber or painted cloth is used by the mounted troops in the United States service.
  • noun A trade name for camlets, or stout worsteds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A simple garment, made from a rectangle of cloth, with a slit in the middle for the head.
  • noun A similar waterproof garment, with a hood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a blanket-like cloak with a hole in the center for the head

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, from Spanish, cape, perhaps variant of pocho, faded, discolored.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Spanish, from Quechua punchu.

Examples

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  • Prenda de abrigo que consiste en una manta, cuadrada o rectangular, de lana de oveja, alpaca, vicuña, o de otro tejido, que tiene en el centro una abertura para pasar la cabeza, y cuelga de los hombros generalmente hasta más abajo de la cintura

    October 20, 2007

  • I'd like a poncho like this for our get-together. With all of us in it. And lots of words on it. Yes.

    August 11, 2008

  • I cannot see that picture. Weird.

    August 11, 2008

  • Netfox?

    August 11, 2008

  • I don't think so, I don't get an error message, and there's nothing in the URL that Netfox is likely to block. I just get 5.jpg where the photo should be...

    Edit: I don't know what changed, but I can now see it. I'm definitely in for group ponchoing.

    August 11, 2008

  • It's spectacular, bilby! But how do we choose the correct size?

    August 11, 2008

  • Brilliant. For this I would be willing to break my cardinal fashion rule: if you are old enough to have worn it the first time ’round, give it a miss the second time ’round.

    August 11, 2008

  • Ponchos come in sizes? I thought they were all one-size-fits-nobody.

    August 12, 2008

  • Perhaps I should clarify: Head sizes. How many head holes will we need?

    August 12, 2008

  • Wordies: 8,293.

    How many heads do you have, rt?

    August 12, 2008