\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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This drum-lovin’ babe has been on YouTube since 2015. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 5 Oct. 2018 The goal of the special service is to find as many homes as possible for the adoptable babes from the Anti-Cruelty Society and raise awareness for adopting, not shopping. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Uber will deliver puppies to you on Wednesday," 8 May 2017 Get ready, Capricorn babe, because major magic awaits you. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Even candyfloss babes can revamp their hair game for fall. Lillian Chen, Seventeen, "8 Super Cute Fall Hair Color Trends That Will Make You Crave a PSL," 23 July 2018 Thank you babe for giving me our family and caring so much about us. Maria Pasquini,, "Kanye West Wondered If Kim Kardashian Would Leave Him After Slavery Comment Controversy: 'I Learned So Much'," 25 June 2018 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

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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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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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