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

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Other Words from pink


pinkness noun

Did You Know?


Our unabridged dictionary, Webster's Third New International, includes 13 distinct entries for "pink," whereas our abridged volume, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate, satisfies itself with the five most common. (Words get distinct entries in our dictionaries when they have different etymologies or different parts of speech.) Today's "pink," the only verb of the five, is from a Middle English word meaning "to thrust." Of the remaining four, the only "pink" older than the verb (which dates to 1503) is a 15th century noun referring to a kind of ship. The next-oldest noun has since 1573 referred to a genus of herbs. The noun referring to the color pink and its related adjective date to 1678 and 1720, respectively. Evidence suggests that a new verb "pink"—a synonym of the verb "pink-slip"—is also emerging.

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 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pink

: of the color pink


\ ˈpiŋk How to pronounce pink (audio) \

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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