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)
More example sentences
  • 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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