noun[mass noun] Heraldry
- Fur resembling ermine but with white spots on a black ground.More example sentences
- A field of ermines (or counter-ermine) is sable with argent spots.
- Variations are ermines, being white spots on a black field, and erminites which are the same as ermines but with the addition of a red hair on each side of the black.
mid 16th century: perhaps from Old French hermines, plural of herminet, diminutive of hermine 'ermine'.
More definitions of erminesDefinition of ermines in:
- The US English dictionary