\ˈbāb \

Definition of babe 

1a : infant, baby

b slang : girl, woman

c slang : a person and especially a young woman who is sexually attractive

2 : a naive inexperienced person used especially in the phrase babe in the woods

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Examples of babe in a Sentence

although I worked with film for years, I'm just a babe as far as digital photography is concerned a babe in arms, too young even to crawl

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And at the same time be buoyed by the confidence of the body-con babes and the micromini-ites: Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel tweed, Amber Valletta in a Saint Laurent LBD (emphasis on the L), and Gigi Hadid (all curves and cut-outs) in raspberry Mugler. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Despite the social constraints, being a rebel babe is just about feeling empowered in your own right. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Lucy & La Mer Battles Against 'Binary Thinking' in New 'Rebel Babe' Video: Exclusive," 16 May 2018 Here's another casual shot from @healthmagazine featuring my two beautiful babes. Olivia Harrison,, "Every Celeb Kid Is Strumming On This Quaint Fairytale Instrument, But Why?," 12 July 2018 One of the livelier moments has a head-turning babe decked out in expensive merchandise transform herself from a tall redhead to a medium-size brunette. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson Team Up to Imagine a True Fantasy: Sane Politics," 3 June 2018 In addition to being a beautiful and modern piece, the crib has clear slats to let parents keep a watchful eye on their babes. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Khloe Kardashian Shares the First Peek at True’s Adorable Nursery," 21 May 2018 And what’s up with Deb, the third cha-cha babe, who’s losing parts of her mind at a precipitous rate? Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 But be aware, Scorpio babe: In astrology, the seventh house directly reflects the first house of self, a reminder of the influence of projection and codependency on interpersonal dynamics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Mom then picks the furry thing back up as if to tease her little girl, but that doesn't stop the babe from being excited as the squealing and laughter continues. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Adorable Baby Has PRICELESS Reaction Every Time She Sees the Family Cat," 20 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of babe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for babe

Middle English, probably of imitative origin

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Phrases Related to babe

a babe in arms

babe in the woods

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English Language Learners Definition of babe

: a very young child

: a sexually attractive person


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Kids Definition of babe

: baby entry 1 sense 1 a newborn babe

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