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noun (1)

ˈyü How to pronounce ewe (audio)
in rural dialects also
ˈyō How to pronounce ewe (audio)
: the female of the sheep especially when mature
also : the female of various related animals


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noun (2)

ˈā-ˌwā How to pronounce Ewe (audio)
plural Ewe also Ewes
: 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
And depending on the state, hunting licenses for ewes may run you far less than ram licenses. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, 11 Apr. 2024 My business with them is to take them out individually on little visits (my euphemism) for two or three weeks to various flocks of ewes. The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Cloning from embryonic cells was already known to work; in 1995, Dr. Wilmut and his research partner, Keith Campbell, had swapped out the nuclei of two sheep embryos with those of two others, producing two identical ewes, Megan and Morag. Amanda Holpuch, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 The farm had once been filled with the sounds and smells of birthing lambs, milking ewes and making cheese. Alisa Tang, Washington Post, 23 July 2023 For the third year in a row, the northern badlands population reached an all-time high of 347 sheep, which breaks down to 96 rams, 206 ewes, and 45 lambs. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 8 June 2023 Four rams, 10 ewes, and four lambs watched me, less than 30 feet away. Jim Kristofic, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2023 Yet creamy Serra da Estrela from the milk of ewes raised in Portugal’s loftiest mountain range; hard, pungent cow’s-milk cheeses made on the precipitous mid-Atlantic slopes of Sao Jorge island; or peppery Terrincho produced in remote Tras-os-Montes, remain largely unknown. Paul Ames, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 The barn has an assortment of animals for guests to interact with: 24 ewes, 32 lambs, two rams, chickens, a turkey, a horse named Tater, an adorable miniature donkey named Chip, and a handful of goats. Jean Chen Smith, Travel + Leisure, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a female of the sheep or a related animal especially when mature

Medical Definition


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

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