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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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Imagine going from a Gucci roller skating rink to a Prada pachinko parlor while taking in a flurry of activity happening from brands such as Balenciaga, Fear of God and Heron Preston. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Barneys New York is bringing a Gucci roller skating rink, Prada pachinko parlor and more to Beverly Hills," 18 May 2018 Matt O’Shea,19th, believes Joey’s will succeed at the location across the street from Morgan Park Sports Center, which opened Sept. 1, 2015, bringing a new ice rink and gymnastics center to the Far Southwest Side. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Joey's Red Hots to open in Morgan Park," 5 May 2018 Its gradual buildup has created glaciers on Alaska roadways and has in midwinter forced people from cabins as their property slowly transformed into a skating rink. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Overflow ice: Like an oasis in the cold desert of the Arctic," 31 Mar. 2018 There is a giant ice rink in the middle of downtown Oakland. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Competitive adult figure skaters break the ice at the rink," 27 Feb. 2018 Look for a rink that's kind of retro and caters to an older crowd, like the Valentine's Day Late Skate in Oklahoma City. 10. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "25 Unexpected Valentine's Day Date Ideas," 14 Feb. 2018 At the base of the mountain, Northstar Village houses a skating rink, bungee trampoline, yoga studios, and a variety of shops. Jensen Power, GQ, "Your Guide to the Ultimate Winter Weekend in Lake Tahoe, Skis Optional," 31 Jan. 2018 To Take The Family: Ice Skating On The Plaza In true quirky Austin style, the city has a seasonal and incredibly charming ice skating rink — perched on top of a Whole Foods Market. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "The Best Things To Do In Austin During The Holidays," 17 Nov. 2016 Finally the murderers waded into the gruesome scene of wounded, bleeding children (one of the killers compared it to a slippery ice rink awash with blood and brains) and stabbed them manically with bayonets or shot them in the head. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Town & Country, "The Devastating True Story of the Romanov Family's Execution," 5 Oct. 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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