mink

noun
\ ˈmiŋk How to pronounce mink (audio) \
plural mink or minks

Definition of mink

1 : soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown
2 : either of two slender-bodied semiaquatic carnivorous mammals (Mustela vison of North America and M. lutreola of Eurasia) of the weasel family that have partially webbed feet, a rather short bushy tail, and a soft thick coat

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Examples of mink in a Sentence

a coat made of mink women wearing expensive jewelry and minks

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Photographer Robert Scurlock captured Anderson, eyes closed in concentration, standing before a half-dozen or more microphones, wrapped in a full-length mink coat. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "How Marian Anderson Became an Iconic Symbol for Equality," 9 Apr. 2014 From the mink coats of Joe Namath and Walt Frazier to Allen Iverson’s baggy retro jerseys, pregame fashion was always a surefire way to attract attention. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Athletes Are Turning Arena Entrances into Fashion Shows," 22 July 2019 There are all kinds of textures, too: From long and thick (like beaver), to short and satiny (like mink), to matted and fuzzy (like shearling). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Ethical Clothing Brands Out There," 5 Mar. 2019 For more than three decades, furrier Bennie Lin outfitted San Francisco’s elite in custom pieces — chinchilla vests, full-length mink coats and lynx jackets — from his showroom in the South of Market neighborhood. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Fur clothing’s days could be numbered in California — bill would ban sales," 17 July 2019 Their stories just sit there, voluptuous and tame, like a mink stole prettily arranged. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, "Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot," 22 June 2018 This year, a muskrat pelt averaged about $11, mink was going for around $21 and coyote fur fetched up to $90 a pelt. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "John Carlisle: Many are answering the call of the wild in the U.P.," 18 Aug. 2014 On fur farms, mink, foxes and rabbits are kept in small, filthy cages their entire lives before being anally electrocuted, gassed or bludgeoned to death. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: With anti-cruelty bill California can be a leader in compassion," 2 July 2019 Raymond HallGetty Images Raymond HallGetty Images The $2,000 house slipper is made of navy mink fur and had the LV initials splashed on it in pink letters. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore Her Cozy Louis Vuitton House Slippers Outside," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of mink

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mink

Middle English

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mink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mink

: a small animal that has a thin body and soft, dark brown fur
: the skin and fur of a mink used for making clothing
: a piece of clothing (such as a coat) made of mink

mink

noun
\ ˈmiŋk How to pronounce mink (audio) \
plural mink or minks

Kids Definition of mink

1 : a small animal related to the weasel that has partly webbed feet, lives around water, and feeds on smaller animals (as frogs, crabs, and mice)
2 : the soft thick usually brown fur of a mink

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