rink

[ ringk ]
/ rɪŋk /

noun

a smooth expanse of ice for ice-skating, often artificially prepared and inside a building or arena.
a smooth floor, usually of wood, for roller-skating.
a building or enclosure for ice-skating or roller-skating; skating arena.
an area of ice marked off for the game of curling.
a section of a bowling green where a match can be played.
a set of players on one side in a lawn-bowling or curling match.

Origin of rink

1325–75; Middle English (Scots) renk area for a battle, joust, or race, apparently < Middle French renc rank1
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rink

/ (rɪŋk) /

noun

an expanse of ice for skating on, esp one that is artificially prepared and under cover
an area for roller skating on
a building or enclosure for ice skating or roller skating
bowls a strip of the green, usually about 5–7 metres wide, on which a game is played
curling the strip of ice on which the game is played, usually 41 by 4 metres
(in bowls and curling) the players on one side in a game

Word Origin for rink

C14 (Scots): from Old French renc row, rank 1
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Word Origin and History for rink

rink


n.

late 14c., Scottish dialect, probably from Old French renc, reng "row, line," from Frankish and ultimately connected with ring (n.1). Probably confused in meaning with ring (n.1) in sense of "area marked out for a sporting contest." From 1787 in curling; ice hockey sense first attested 1896.

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