Definition of poncho in English:



  • 1A garment of a type originally worn in South America, made of a thick piece of woollen cloth with a slit in the middle for the head.

    • ‘Men wear trousers, shirts, and woven ponchos (capes).’
    • ‘The water was cool, the wooden bench, covered with a woollen poncho, seemed most comfortable, and the view was marvellous…’
    • ‘Women specialized in making clothing, such as ponchos, loincloths, and skirts.’
    • ‘Capes, ponchos and crocheted wraps were teamed with pants and even skirts.’
    • ‘For day, wide tweed trousers, a crocheted sweater, a poncho and a hat is a great flamboyant look, or a wrap dress and a bright yellow or green tweed coat with blue tights and fabulous shoes.’
    • ‘The exhibition is a showcase for the work of the Nagle Group and it features beautiful handmade crafts such as babies' blankets, christening gowns, scarves, hats, ponchos and many other items.’
    • ‘In small factories in or near Otavalo, the Indians make heavy wool sweaters, ponchos, hats and blankets, all in bright colors and traditional designs.’
    • ‘Maybe a shawl, maybe a poncho… but it is fun to do, nevertheless.’
    • ‘As well as big Peruvian ponchos, pretty lace blouses, bead-encrusted bags and the sassiest dresses in town, you'll find something altogether more elusive.’
    • ‘In the northwest, the Indians wear ponchos, colorful skirts, and bowler hats.’
    • ‘So to fill up some spare time and use some oddments of wool I had left I've knitted my eldest grand-daughter a poncho and matching pixie hat.’
    • ‘While the young often wear Western-style clothing, the older Peruvians wear more traditional handwoven garments such as ponchos and sandals.’
    • ‘In 2005, kaftans will take over where ponchos and capes left off: everyone from Michael Kors to Paul Smith has done one.’
    • ‘The ethnic Mapuche who live on the island of Chiloé still use a traditional loom to weave sweaters and ponchos from sheep wool.’
    • ‘He wore handmade wool sweaters and long Mexican ponchos.’
    • ‘Traditionally, Bolivian men living on the Altiplano would wear homemade trousers and a poncho.’
    • ‘No bulls are killed during the bullfights; instead, toreros show their bravery by closely engaging the animals with their ponchos, jackets, or homemade capes.’
    • ‘Judging by the alpaca ponchos and lederhosen on display, I'd have to say Peru and Germany.’
    • ‘It's Poncho Day and everyone in the studio audience, the crew, comedian David Spade, and Martha are cloaked in knitted ponchos like the one Martha made famous when she left Alderson.’
    • ‘Some indigenous deputies make a strong cultural presence on the floor wearing traditional Andean ear-flap hats and ponchos and chewing coca leaves.’
    cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippet
    1. 1.1A waterproof garment in the style of a poncho worn as a raincoat.
      • ‘There was no Goretex, waterproof poncho or other warm-fuzzy gear in GI Joe's haversack.’
      • ‘In fact the dancing in water antics are so boisterous that audience members on the front row were issued with special theme-park style ponchos to wear before the show.’
      • ‘You just need to pray that it does not rain or, to be on the safe side, bring one of those plastic poncho raincoats that fits in your purse.’
      • ‘Five minutes, 10 dollars and a few less pride points later, he left the store with the waterproof foundation and two ponchos in hand.’
      • ‘The eighth T in the Park became a sea of colour as thousands of fans donned free yellow waterproof ponchos to protect themselves from the unseasonal weather.’
      • ‘Even the official waterproof ponchos protecting spectators from the Paris drizzle came in the distinctive bright yellow colour.’
      • ‘I had a gnawing feeling all day that I was being followed and then, sure enough, I spotted her peeping out from under a waterproof poncho not ten yards behind me.’
      • ‘Ever thoughtful to their customer's needs, Neiman Marcus also makes these plain tiny umbrellas and waterproof poncho.’
      • ‘Twelve years ago, she landed here, in a backpack and rain poncho.’
      • ‘Don a high-tech silver poncho and sip a frosty vodka cocktail from glasses cut from solid blocks of ice while admiring the frozen sculptures.’
      • ‘Inside each complimentary cold bag, nestled below the half-bottle of Champagne and assorted supermarket delicacies, was a serviceable souvenir rain poncho.’
      • ‘Thought it'd be too easy otherwise, even with this poncho I unthinkingly brought along.’
      • ‘My nine-year-old, Sam, is somewhere in that poncho, paddling a zig-zagging course between the vine-cloaked banks of the quiet waterway.’
      • ‘Just £16 - £18 gets you a seat on an open-topped omnibus for a hop-on hop-off tour of the capital, plus a free plastic poncho if it rains.’
      • ‘When I stepped out, I needed an umbrella, or poncho, to keep dry.’
      • ‘Today we may find ourselves in the rain so I'll get to use my official Tour de Georgia poncho, also known as a bright orange trashbag.’
      • ‘A young guy in glasses - not unattractive - is dancing in some kind of plastic poncho.’
      • ‘Even combat boots, ponchos, and clothing were lacking and always ‘on requisition.’’
      • ‘Some were selling t-shirts and plastic couches, while others sold ponchos and rainwear.’
      • ‘Designer ponchos from Gucci and Burberry retail in excess of 200.’


Early 18th century from South American Spanish, from Araucanian.