\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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Some rinks charge a small administrative fee and some require skate rental. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Summer fun! Keep the kids occupied with free and cheap activities," 25 June 2018 The brine running under the rink keeps the ice at around 16 degrees, and the surface of the ice itself around 20 degrees. Tom Cohen, Washington Post, "Weathermakers: The unsung heroes of the Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 Most of the players bought homes 15 miles outside the Strip in Summerlin, a family-type neighborhood close to the team’s practice rink. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "It's easy to see why Vegas is in Stanley Cup Finals and Flyers aren't | Sam Carchidi," 25 May 2018 Sets and props must glide easily on and off the rink. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "A classic fairy tale on ice," 6 Apr. 2018 After stealing our hearts and winning a shiny bronze metal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, champion figure skater Adam Rippon sits down with Bazaar.com to put his knowledge of rink-ready style to the truest test. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Rippon Tests His Fashion Knowledge On and Off the Rink," 16 Mar. 2018 From the ice rink in PyeongChang to the red carpet in Hollywood, Adam Rippon is always making a fashion statement! Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Olympian Adam Rippon Brings S&M-Inspired Fashion to the Oscars Red Carpet in a Moschino Harness," 4 Mar. 2018 After returning home, Mr. Seaver met Kathryn McGinley at Chez Vous dance hall and roller-skating rink in Upper Darby. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Edward M. Seaver, 92, PGW mechanic and World War II veteran," 24 May 2018 The two met in the '40s at an ice skating rink in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and got married few years later in 1953. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "This Sweet Couple, Married 63 Years, Died Within 20 Minutes of Each Other," 11 Aug. 2016

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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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