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

Examples of rink in a Sentence

The hockey team is practicing at the rink.
Recent Examples on the Web The rink is a family-friendly activity and ideal for small children. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 22 Mar. 2024 Ski lessons, ice mazes, and tubing have become attractions at the Dream Time Mall in Wuhan, and other malls feature art museums, dance studios, paddling pools, cooking classes, skating rinks, and more. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 Athletes look at a football field, basketball court or rink and dream of being a professional. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 For starters, there are just six rinks in the three-county area. Walter Villa, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Joe Manganiello and Caitlin O’Connor brought their romance to the rink! Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 So each week, the team pays rent to a rink near the University of Maryland. Michelle Miller, CBS News, 23 Feb. 2024 In the summer, when the temperature in Phoenix’s north valley climbs well above 100 degrees, the heat would rise like a vapor cloud from the asphalt parking lot that hugged Ozzie Ice’s two mini rinks. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 With Fleury’s mother, sister, wife and three children on the rink, Fleury received a crystal trophy commemorating his victory milestone, and a silver goalie’s stick from Wild general manager Bill Guerin. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rink was in 1787

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Cite this Entry

“Rink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rink. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a sheet of ice laid out for curling, ice hockey, or ice-skating
: an enclosed place for roller-skating

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