nounpl. -·mines or -·mine
- any of several northern weasels having brown fur in summer and white fur with a black-tipped tail in winter, as the stoat
- the soft, white fur of this animal, used for women's coats, trimming, etc.
- the position, rank, or functions of some European judges or peers, whose state robe is trimmed with ermine
- Heraldry a representation of a fur indicated by black spots on a white field
Origin of ermineMiddle English and Old French ermin; Old French ermine, hermine, probably from Middle High German hermin, erminelike from harme, ermine from Old High German harmo, weasel (OE hearma): influenced, influence by folk-etym. associated, association with Classical Latin (mus) Armenius, Armenian (mouse)