- a smooth expanse of ice marked off for the game of curling
- a part of a bowling green of a suitable size for a match
- the players on one side in a game of curling, bowls, or quoits
- a smooth expanse of ice, often artificially prepared and enclosed, for ice-skating or for playing hockey
- a smooth floor, usually of wood and enclosed, for roller-skating
- a building enclosing either of such rinks
Origin of rinkME(Scot), earlier renk ; from Old French renc, rank
- a. A usually rectangular area surfaced with smooth ice and often having a vertical boards erected around the perimeter and curving along each corner, used for skating, ice hockey, or curling.b. A similar area having a smooth hard floor used for roller-skating.c. A similar area, often having artificial grass, used for indoor soccer and other sports.d. A building housing one or more of these areas.
- A section of a bowling green large enough for holding a match.
- A team of players in quoits, bowling, or curling.
Origin of rinkMiddle English renk, racecourse, possibly from Old French renc, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English rink, renk, from Old English rinc (â€œman, warrior, heroâ€), from Proto-Germanic *rankiz (â€œupright manâ€), from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (â€œstraight, uprightâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *reÇµ- (â€œstraight, directâ€). Cognate with Scots rink, renk (â€œman, warrior, heroâ€), Old Saxon rink (â€œmanâ€), Old Norse rekkr (â€œa straight or upright manâ€), Old English ranc (â€œproud, noble, valiantâ€). More at rank.
From Middle English rink, rynk, variation of Middle English ring (â€œringâ€). Compare Low German rink (â€œring, circleâ€), Middle High German rinc (â€œa ring, circleâ€).