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Definition of links

1 Scotland : sand hills especially along the seashore
2 : golf course specifically : a golf course on linksland

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The game of golf originated on the sandy hills of Scotland, on a type of terrain known as "links" or "linksland." Eventually, the game's layout came to be called by the same name as the land, and "links" developed the meaning of "a golf course built on the coastline," which eventually broadened to include any golf course. "Links" is ultimately derived from the Old English word hlincas (the plural of hlinc, meaning "ridge"). Recorded evidence of "hlinces" (a variant of "hlincas") goes back as far as 931, but "links" began appearing in English only in the 15th century. Britain has a number of old-fashioned links courses (built to resemble the Scottish landscape and located on the coastline), and there are a few in the United States as well.

Examples of links in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the way, the film explores the close links between identity and cuisine and the history of Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II. Sebastian Modak, New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Singapore Tonight," 15 Jan. 2021 Check out the list below for links to all our Saints social channels, and make sure to like, follow or subscribe to each to keep up with the latest news and updates. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Need more Saints coverage? Check out these playoff-ready social media accounts," 15 Jan. 2021 The Climate Change Flyers comprise nine essays that question the reliability of computer models, the human-induced causes of climate change, links between climate change and hurricanes and other topics. Author: Andrew Freedman, Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "White House reassigns officials who published papers questioning seriousness of climate change," 12 Jan. 2021 Her social media posts suggest links to the anti-vaccination movement and coronavirus denial. Amanda Coletta, BostonGlobe.com, "US-Canada border is mostly closed, but Canadians made it to Capitol siege," 12 Jan. 2021 Security researchers have found links between the attackers and Turla, a sophisticated team suspected of operating out of Moscow's FSB intelligence agency. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The SolarWinds Hackers Shared Tricks With a Notorious Russian Spy Group," 11 Jan. 2021 Some widgets don’t show information from inside an app, but give you quick links to certain features inside it. David Nield, Popular Science, "Your phone’s home screen can hold more than just apps. Here’s what else you should add.," 11 Jan. 2021 Critical trade and transportation links between the U.K. and continental Europe are to resume after France agreed to end a suspension that crippled Britain’s busiest port at a time of high political drama over Brexit. Ania Nussbaum, Fortune, "France agrees to reopen border after U.K.’s trucking route to Europe paralyzed over mutant virus fears," 23 Dec. 2020 That April 2016 meeting ultimately led the FBI to start an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the presidential election and any links between those efforts and the Trump campaign. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Issues 15 Pardons and Five Commutations," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of links

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for links

Middle English, from Old English hlincas, plural of hlinc ridge; akin to Old English hlanc lank

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The first known use of links was in the 15th century

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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Links.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/links. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of links

: a golf course especially : a golf course that is next to the ocean

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