\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) , in rural dialectss also ˈyō \

Definition of ewe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the female of the sheep especially when mature also : the female of various related animals
\ ˈā-ˌwā How to pronounce Ewe (audio) , ˈā-ˌvā \
plural Ewe also Ewes

Definition of Ewe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a people of Ghana and Togo speaking a Kwa language also : the language itself

Examples of ewe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scot set the shooting sticks and singled out an old ewe. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Why Hunting Africa Has Nothing To Do With Trophy Hunting," 17 Dec. 2019 At Flat Top's ranch, Cory is one of several ranch hands tasked with tending to about 4,000 breeding ewe. Shelbie Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Rancher hopes to improve plight of sheep industry’s canines," 29 Oct. 2019 For example, one night, roaming dogs killed every breeding ewe at HD Farm. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 Local Basque specialties include Espelette chili pepper, ham, dry sausage, ewe’s cheese, traditional cream cake and wines. Washington Post, "France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G-7 tensions," 23 Aug. 2019 Around mid-August, the ram on HD Farm joins some three dozen ewes in a field. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 Ravioli is filled with local ewe’s milk ricotta, and tagliolinis are served with catches of the day. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Learning From Sardinia, Where Locals Live La Dolce Vita Longer Than Anyone Else," 16 July 2018 Tip: Go hungry and ask the cheese stewards for samples of esoteric products like the Fleur de Maquis, a Corsican ewe cheese encased in rosemary and juniper berries. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The carcass of the black-faced ewe, one of 20 sheep kept in an enclosure near Spreckels Lake during the Christmas season, was discovered yesterday by a watchman near the Pacific Rod and Gun Club at Lake Merced. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Montana’s bittersweet 49er finale, 1992," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ewe

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ewe

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ēowu; akin to Old High German ouwi ewe, Latin ovis sheep, Greek ois

Noun (2)

Ewe eβe, βe, a self-designation

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The first known use of ewe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ewe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ewe. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for ewe

ewe

noun
How to pronounce Ewe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ewe

: a female sheep

ewe

noun
\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) \

Kids Definition of ewe

: a female sheep

ewe

noun
\ ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio) , ˈyō How to pronounce ewe (audio) \

Medical Definition of ewe

: the female of the sheep especially when mature also : the female of various related animals

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