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ˈɜr mɪner·mine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. erminenoun

    the expensive white fur of the ermine

  2. ermine, shorttail weasel, Mustela ermineanoun

    mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat

Wiktionary

  1. erminenoun

    A weasel, Mustela erminea, found in northern latitudes; its dark brown fur turns white in winter (apart from the black tip of the tail)

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

  2. erminenoun

    The white fur of this animal

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

  3. erminenoun

    A symbol of purity

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

  4. erminenoun

    The office of a judge

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

  5. erminenoun

    A white field with black spots

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

  6. ermineverb

    To clothe with ermine

    Etymology: From ermine, ermin, ermyn, from ermin, ermine, hermine, from ‘stoat skin’, from ‘stoat, weasel’ (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from harmōn (compare Old English hearma, obsolete German Harm), from ḱormon (compare Romansch carmun, Lithuanian sarmuo).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erminenoun

    a valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus Mustela (M. erminea), allied to the weasel; the stoat. It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. In summer it is brown, but in winter it becomes white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black

    Etymology: [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]

  2. Erminenoun

    the fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals throughout the white

    Etymology: [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]

  3. Erminenoun

    by metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical of purity and honor without stain

    Etymology: [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]

  4. Erminenoun

    one of the furs. See Fur (Her.)

    Etymology: [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]

  5. Ermineverb

    to clothe with, or as with, ermine

    Etymology: [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]

Freebase

  1. Ermine

    Ermine in heraldry is a "fur", or varied tincture, consisting of a white background with a pattern of black shapes representing the winter coat of the stoat. The linings of medieval coronation cloaks and some other garments, usually reserved to use by high-ranking peers and royalty, were made by sewing many ermine furs together to produce a luxurious white fur with patterns of hanging black-tipped tails. Due largely to the association of the ermine fur with the linings of coronation cloaks, crowns and peerage caps, the heraldic tincture of ermine was usually reserved to similar applications in heraldry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ermine

    ėr′min, n. a well-known carnivore belonging to the genus which includes polecat, weasel, ferret, &c.—its white fur often used as an emblem of purity: ermine fur used for the robes of judges and magistrates.—adj. Er′mined, adorned with ermine. [O. Fr. ermine (Fr. hermine), perh. from L. (mus) Armenius, lit. mouse of Armenia, whence it was brought to Rome; but acc. to Skeat from Old High Ger. harmin (Ger. hermelin), ermine-fur.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ermine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ermine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ermine in a Sentence

  1. John Dryden:

    Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.

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