\ ˈriŋk \

Definition of rink 

1a : a smooth extent of ice marked off for curling or ice hockey
b : a surface of ice for ice-skating also : a building containing such a rink
c : an enclosure for roller-skating
2 : an alley for lawn bowling
3 : a team in bowls or curling

Examples of rink in a Sentence

The hockey team is practicing at the rink.

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After the Second World War, thanks to a donation from philanthropist Kate Wollman, the world’s largest outdoor skating rink was completed north of the park’s Fifty-Ninth Street lake. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 Concerts and special food events take place in the summer, while an ice skating rink pops up during colder months. Annie Zaleski, Cincinnati.com, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 There is also an adorable outdoor ice skating rink right in town. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why Bay Area Residents Are Flocking to Truckee, California—And You Should Too," 11 Dec. 2018 Joey’s logo is already embedded in the ice surface of the new rink. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Joey's Red Hots to open in Morgan Park," 5 May 2018 The finish line is an Olympic-sized ice rink for Hales Corners Park, complete with a shelter, a concessions area and heated restrooms. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fundraising for an Olympic-sized ice rink in Hales Corners is almost over," 30 Apr. 2018 For starters, there are just six rinks in the three-county area. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "These former Panthers players are helping to develop hockey stars from South Florida," 20 Feb. 2018 All across the small towns are rinks ranging from one curling sheet in an aluminum barn to 4-6 sheets. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Stones, brooms and brews: It’s easy to fall in love with curling," 6 Feb. 2018 Adjacent to the skaters, there's another ice rink devoted to a traditional Bavarian ice sport called Eisstockschießen, which made an appearance at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics but has since been overshadowed by its close cousin, curling. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Munich Airport's Christmas Market Has Two Ice Rinks and Almost 500 Real Trees," 6 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of rink

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rink

Middle English (Scots) rinc area in which a contest takes place, from Anglo-French renc row, lists — more at rank entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rink

: an often enclosed area that has a special surface of ice, smooth pavement, etc., and that is used for skating


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Kids Definition of rink

: a place for ice-skating or roller-skating

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