A mink is a small, furry animal that's similar to a stoat or a weasel. Minks are prized for their soft pelts, which are often made into fur coats. If you are on your way to an animal rights event, leave your mink coat in the closet.

You can use the noun mink to talk about the wild animal itself, which is not only hunted for its fur but also raised on farms, or to describe the wildly expensive coat made from the skin of many minks. A mink is the sort of warm fur coat you'd most likely see on a wealthy city dweller. The origin of mink is Scandinavian, related to the Swedish word menk, literally "a stinking animal in Finland."

Definitions of mink
  1. noun
    slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
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    American mink, Mustela vison
    usually rich dark brown
    type of:
    mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal
    fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
  2. noun
    the expensive fur of a mink
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    type of:
    fur, pelt
    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
  3. noun
    fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks
    synonyms: mink coat
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    type of:
    fur coat
    a coat made of fur
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