\ 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 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, "Michelle Pfeiffer’s Lives Matter," 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, "Rina Sawayama Is the Big Boss of Her Tiny Desk Concert," 19 Apr. 2021 Against the mural backdrop, a statue of Joseph kneels beside the babe in a manger. Los Angeles Times, "Claremont church depicts Black Lives Matter protest in Nativity scene," 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, "The Curious Case of Brad Pitt," 24 Sep. 2020 The young babe bangs his plate and throws his dinner to the dog. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The First Bond — the Family — Is Weak," 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, "NFL continuity rankings: Saints, Steelers lead teams returning top institutional staples," 12 Sep. 2020 That from a father seiz’d his babe belov’d: Such, such my case. Elizabeth Winkler, The New Yorker, "How Phillis Wheatley Was Recovered Through History," 30 July 2020 Some slaves, Jones-Rogers could say, were even known to serve as wet nurses, suckling the babes of their white counterparts. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "Helpless women? Not these slave owners," 17 Apr. 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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2 May 2021

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“Babe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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