noun, plural er·mines, (especially collectively) er·mine.
Origin of ermine
Examples from the Web for ermine
The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.The Titanic’s Haute Heroine: The Countess of Rothes|Elizabeth Kaye|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The ermine was also written about by Leonardo as a symbol of her purity.
It may be a visual pun on her surname, since the Greek for ermine or stoat is galay.
"To be sure; an ermine surcoat she spoke of but yesterday," said the Cardinal.The Works of Honor de Balzac|Honor de Balzac
She laid her weary head on Ermine's lap, and Ermine bent down and kissed her.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
The purse at his girdle was plethoric, the fur on his tippet was ermine, broad and new.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
On her head was a cap of purple velvet, turned up with ermine and edged with a band of gold, set with large diamonds.Agnes Strickland's Queens of England, Vol. II. (of III)|Rosalie Kaufman
The peers, robed in gold and ermine, were marshalled by the heralds under Garter King-at-Arms.The Ontario High School Reader|A.E. Marty
British Dictionary definitions for ermine
noun plural -mines or -mine
Word Origin for ermine
Word Origin and History for ermine
late 12c., from Old French ermine (12c., Modern French hermine), both the animal and the fur, apparently from a convergence of Latin (mus) Armenius "Armenian (mouse)," ermines being abundant in Asia Minor; and an unrelated Germanic word for "weasel" (cf. Old High German harmo "ermine, stoat, weasel," adj. harmin; Old Saxon harmo, Old English hearma "shrew," etc.) that happened to sound like it.