plural mink or minks
: soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown
: 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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Example Sentences

a coat made of mink women wearing expensive jewelry and minks
Recent Examples on the Web The property owner initially estimated 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages at Lion Farms, Riggenbach said. CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 The property owner initially estimated 25,000 to 40,000 mink were released from their cages at Lion Farms, Riggenbach said. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2022 During the probe, Ms. Frederiksen and other key government officials were found to have deleted text messages from their phones during the period when the mink were culled. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022 Her steadfast leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic was partly overshadowed by the mink-culling episode. Jan M. Olsen,, 2 Nov. 2022 The mink issue faded away once campaigning got underway. Jan M. Olsen, ajc, 31 Oct. 2022 In late September of 2020, captive mink on a farm in Michigan suddenly fell ill. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 22 May 2022 It’s modern and neutral, warm and cool, and yields a sophisticated ombre effect that goes from cream to a mink brown. Bon Appétit, 26 Oct. 2022 Standard features included faux side exhausts and forests of burl-wood paneling, while interior trim plated in 24-karat gold and mink carpeting were among the available options. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Mink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

plural mink or minks
: either of two flesh-eating mammals that resemble the related weasels, have a slender body, partly webbed feet, and a somewhat bushy tail, and live near water
also : the soft normally dark brown fur of a mink

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