Definition of mink in English:


Syllabification: mink
Pronunciation: /miNGk

noun (plural same or minks)

  • 1A small, semiaquatic, stoatlike carnivore native to North America and Eurasia. The American mink is widely farmed for its fur, resulting in its becoming naturalized in many parts of Europe.
    • Genus Mustela, family Mustelidae: the American mink (M. vison) and the smaller European mink (M. lutreola)
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    • Predators of erethizontids include mustelids such as martens, minks, wolverines, ermine, weasels, and fishers.
    • Fishers are among the least understood of the weasel family, or mustelids, which also includes martens, minks, ermines, ferrets, badgers, otters, and wolverines.
    • The weasel family includes such colourful characters as otters, wolverines, skunks, minks and badgers.
  • 1.1The thick brown fur of the mink.
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    • Classic brown mink in NAFA Mahogany and Demi Buff were anything but traditional in their hip wrapped and belted silhouettes.
    • Quite apart from the serious ethical questions surrounding the killing of animals for their fur, mink fell out of favour as it became associated with the vulgar side of wealth.
    • Deep plum tones are etched in black while bleached ivory mink is laser cut with contrasting brown.
  • 1.2A coat made of this.
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    • Of course, the ultimate in vulgar glamour was sporting a full-length white mink.
    • She had inherited Margot Grahame's mink, but the rest came from charity shops.


late Middle English (denoting the animal's fur): from Swedish.

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