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Definition of lamb

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a young sheep especially : one that is less than one year old or without permanent teeth
b : the young of various animals (such as the smaller antelopes) other than sheep
2a : a gentle or weak person
b : dear, pet
c : a person easily cheated or deceived especially in trading securities
3a : the flesh of a lamb used as food
b : lambskin


lambed; lambing; lambs

Definition of lamb (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to bring forth a lamb

transitive verb

1 : to bring forth (a lamb)
2 : to tend (ewes) at lambing time


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Lamb (Entry 3 of 5)

Charles 1775–1834 pseudonym Elia \ ˈe-​lē-​ə , commonly ˈē-​ \ English essayist and critic


biographical name (2)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 4 of 5)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman


biographical name (3)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 5 of 5)

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist

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lamb 3a: A wholesale cuts: 1 leg, 2 loin, 3 rack, 4 breast, 5 shank, 6 shoulder; B retail cuts: a leg, b sirloin chops and roast, c loin chops, rolled loin roast, d patties and chopped roast, e rib chops, crown roast, f riblets, stew, and stuffed or rolled breast, g shoulder roast, shoulder chops, h neck slices, i shanks, j blade chops, k arm chops

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Other Words from lamb


lamblike \ ˈlam-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Lamb (audio) \ adjective
lamby \ ˈla-​mē How to pronounce Lamb (audio) \ adjective


lamber \ ˈla-​mər How to pronounce Lamb (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lamb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of lamb in a Sentence

Noun She's as gentle as a lamb. the new guys at football camp were lambs who hardly knew what awaited them Verb The ewes will lamb soon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each globe seats five guests, who can choose from a seasonal menu, featuring Cornish seafood, Wye valley asparagus with truffle duck egg, West Country lamb, among other modern-British dishes. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Historic London Hotel Is Celebrating Its 90th Birthday With a New Rooftop Bar," 23 Apr. 2021 Lamby, a stuffed lamb that her mother received as a gift before Rimm's birth, however, is an active participant in the 28-year-old's life. Olivia Harrison,, "Meet The Adults Who Still Sleep With Security Blankets," 15 Apr. 2021 March most definitely did not exit like a lamb and April is coming in like a lion, with roaring winds and a chill that bites. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain ends and skies clear but it’s blustery and cold," 1 Apr. 2021 These ‘fits ranged from a single Balenciaga lamb earring along with a wide brim hat, to a blue cargo pant look , to a glitzy skirt and hulking platforms during the holidays. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Gets Vaccinated in a Very Marc Jacobs Look," 2 Mar. 2021 Ann, who had been baptized at the hospital, was laid to rest under a simple gravestone that featured an engraving of an angel and a lamb. oregonlive, "In death, two lives are intertwined in a Portland cemetery: Tom Hallman at large," 23 Feb. 2021 One of his favorites is a photograph of a farmer kneeling to feed a lamb, taken on the tiny island of Fetlar, which had a population of just 100 during the seven years that Mr. Dymond lived there. New York Times, "A Glimpse of a Bygone Life on Scottish Islands, Plucked From the Trash," 9 Feb. 2021 In addition, Johnson Brunetti sponsored a one-year adoption of Piper, a rescue lamb at the Riley Farm in Canterbury, in Caitlin’s name., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 The lamb kebabs, too, grilled and meaty; there might be enough for lunch the next day., "3 places we supported this week," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fiennes turned up to help out for a week during lambing season wearing a black trenchcoat and leather gloves. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Can Farming Make Space for Nature?," 10 Feb. 2020 Things are worse in lambing season when criminals can double or triple their takings. The Economist, "From fly-tipping to sheep rustling, Britain’s cops crack down on rural crime," 25 July 2019 As the weather went from bad to worse, many farmers fell short on feed — particularly important now, a month before lambing season — and water supplies were cut off because of frozen pipes. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Snow Brings Rural U.K. to a Halt," 6 Mar. 2018 This is accomplished by different diets (grain vs. a grain and hay diet) and lambing at different times of the year. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Change it up with lamb burgers on greens," 16 Sep. 2017 Coyotes can do a lot of damage, especially during the fall during lambing season. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, "Chasing the Harvest: ‘If You Want to Die, Stay at the Ranch’," 17 May 2017 Just across the North Carolina border in Virginia, Craig Rogers is deep into lambing season. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Ham or Lamb? The Easter Choice May Be Changing," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of lamb


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lamb


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lamb lamb

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

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29 Apr 2021

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“Lamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lamb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young sheep
: the meat of a lamb
informal : an innocent, weak, or gentle person



English Language Learners Definition of lamb (Entry 2 of 2)

of a sheep : to give birth to a lamb


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Kids Definition of lamb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a young sheep usually less than one year old
2 : the meat of a lamb used as food


lambed; lambing

Kids Definition of lamb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to a lamb The ewes will lamb next month.

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