plural noun
\ ˈliŋ(k)s How to pronounce links (audio) \

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," and teed off in 15th-century Scottish English as a name for sandy, hilly terrain. 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 As with Roger Rabbit, the central mystery has links to the Hollywood underworld; this time, however, that setting is updated to the industry as audiences now know it. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 May 2022 Though monkeypox is not often fatal, its spread to a dozen countries in Australia, Europe and North American has surprised virologists as many appeared to have no links to its traditional base in central and West Africa. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Once an artist’s name is revealed, the player can click links to detailed overviews of the works of art to learn more. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Complicating the situation — and amplifying the concern — is the fact that the other cases comprise two distinct groups that have no discernible links to one other. Helen Branswell, STAT, 19 May 2022 One Country has links to the telecom industry via the lobbying firm Forbes-Tate, whose partners helped Heitkamp set up the organization’s website and provided other services, according to the Intercept. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Reserve seats well ahead of arrival via the Ocoee Outfitters Association website, where companies post links to their trips and times. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The invitation also included separate links to copies of his writings at file-sharing websites. Jon Swaine And Reed Albergotti, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 Here is how to add links to your Instagram stories. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Links.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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