- a cloak like a blanket with a hole in the middle for the head, worn in Spanish America
- any similar garment, esp. a waterproof one worn as a raincoat
Origin: AmSp from Araucanian, woolen cloth
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noun pl. pon·chos
- A blanketlike cloak having a hole in the center for the head.
- A similar garment having a hood used as a raincoat.
Origin: American Spanish, from Spanish, cape, perhaps variant of pocho, faded, discolored.