noun (1)
\ ˈpiŋk How to pronounce pink (audio) \

Definition of pink

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: a ship with a narrow overhanging stern

called also pinkie


noun (2)

Definition of pink (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : any of a genus (Dianthus of the family Caryophyllaceae, the pink family) of chiefly Eurasian herbs having usually pink, red, or white flowers
2a : the very embodiment : paragon
b(1) : one dressed in the height of fashion
(2) : elite
c : highest degree possible : height keep their house in the pink of repair— Rebecca West
in the pink
: in the best of health or condition


noun (3)

Definition of pink (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : any of a group of colors bluish red to red in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation
2a : the scarlet color of a fox hunter's coat also : a fox hunter's coat of this color
b : pink-colored clothing
c pinks plural : light-colored trousers formerly worn by army officers
3 : pinko



Definition of pink (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : of the color pink
2 : holding moderately radical and usually socialistic political or economic views
3 : emotionally moved : excited often used as an intensive tickled pink


pinked; pinking; pinks

Definition of pink (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to perforate in an ornamental pattern
b : to cut a saw-toothed edge on
2a : pierce, stab
b : to wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule

Other Words from pink


pinkness noun

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The verb pink referring to perforation and piercing is from a Middle English word meaning "to thrust." It dates to the early 16th century whereas the noun referring to the color pink and its related adjective date to the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively.

Examples of pink in a Sentence

Adjective Her dress is pale pink. Verb accidentally pinked my shoulder with his fencing sword

First Known Use of pink

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

circa 1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pink

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch pinke

Noun (2)

origin unknown


Middle English, to thrust

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“Pink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pink


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Kids Definition of pink

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a plant with narrow leaves that is grown for its showy pink, red, or white flowers



Kids Definition of pink (Entry 2 of 3)

: a pale red color



Kids Definition of pink (Entry 3 of 3)

: colored a pale red

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