\ ˈbāb How to pronounce babe (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Nat Laws was a babe in arms in 1910 when his parents, Henry and Anna, moved here. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 In this comedy about wealth and death, Frances takes on privilege and finality with a boldness that Pfeiffer, whose film career began as the cheerleading babe in Grease 2, had to refine her talent to achieve. Armond White, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Rina Sawayama goes full-on boss babe for her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, commanding a string quartet and band in sheer hot-pink tights. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2021 Against the mural backdrop, a statue of Joseph kneels beside the babe in a manger. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 Or is there a reassuring comfort in Brad being a babe, taking the helm of still-would-ness while the rest of us settle into relatively un-hot obscurity? Raven Smith, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2020 The young babe bangs his plate and throws his dinner to the dog. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 14 Sep. 2020 Now entering his sixth season, DC Dennis Allen is one of the longest-serving in the league yet the babe of this group. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2020 That from a father seiz’d his babe belov’d: Such, such my case. Elizabeth Winkler, The New Yorker, 30 July 2020

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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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The first known use of babe was in the 14th century

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14 May 2021

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“Babe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of babe

: a very young child
: a sexually attractive person


\ ˈbāb How to pronounce babe (audio) \

Kids Definition of babe

: baby entry 1 sense 1 a newborn babe

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