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


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

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

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From Spanish, from Quechua punchu.


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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

  • Check my list for how many heads reesetee has. Reesetee definitely has a head, and has head that sometimes gets heavy. That much we know. Whether they are the same head is open to question, but the real question is more what size is reesetee's head (or heads), seeing as rt is the Prothonotary of Fattiehead, has grasshoppers springing Minerva-like from head, hears voices in head and does what they say, and has mollusque in head.

    August 12, 2008

  • All right, all right. It's one big fat head, okay? Geez. Make a person feel funny about a gigantic head, why don't you....

    *muttering under poncho*

    August 12, 2008

  • *orders poncho with 8,292 normal sized holes and one large one*

    August 12, 2008

  • Everything has to be huge with you, doesn't it rt?

    Huge head, huge desk... tsk.

    August 12, 2008

  • That's so I have room when I bang my head on my desk top.

    August 12, 2008

  • *wonders just what company bilby placed that order with*

    *and do they have rush shipping*

    August 12, 2008

  • *worried about handling charges too*

    August 12, 2008