\ 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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Los Angeles Times As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Why is this TV fan on a hunger strike to save her favorite show?," 28 Aug. 2019 Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program: Volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Its shrubby grassland and Columbia River habitat supported mink and otters, threatened salmon and many other species. Fox News, "Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing," 19 Aug. 2019 Its shrubby grassland and Columbia River habitat support mink and otters, threatened salmon and many other species. Washington Post, "At a glance: Weapons sites converted into wildlife refuges," 18 Aug. 2019 One of my favorite looks from the men’s collection was a baby-blue mink fur coat and matching suit made from, as Dolce described it, a new metal and silk fabric. Marques Harper, latimes.com, "Dolce & Gabbana takes over N.Y. in a high-fashion, cameo-filled, Rockefeller-style salute to the city," 6 May 2018 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

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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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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


\ 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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