\ˈlam \

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


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\ˈlam \

Definition of Lamb (Entry 3 of 5)

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


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Definition of Lamb (Entry 4 of 5)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman


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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 \ adjective
lamby \ˈla-​mē \ adjective


lamber \ˈla-​mər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lamb

Synonyms: Noun

angel, dove, innocent, sheep

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of lamb in a Sentence


She's as gentle as a lamb. the new guys at football camp were lambs who hardly knew what awaited them


The ewes will lamb soon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Ireland has much more to offer: Irish beef, lamb and dairy products are among the EU’s best. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "In Ireland, a growing menu of culinary delights," 21 Aug. 2018 The burger is made with seasoned ground beef and lamb mixed with feta cheese, garlic, onion and mint, topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, fiery feta and garlic aioli, and served with a side of Mezé fries or Greek salad. Carolina Gusman,, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 In restaurants a sandwich or burger is typically $12 to $15, and a meal with chicken or lamb plus potatoes and a salad can be up to $40, according to Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "You can fly DFW to Europe for $99, but don't let these low-fare rules ruin the trip | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 Try a pinch in chili or bolognese, in anything with beef or lamb, or even in cold weather cocktails. Paula Forbes, GQ, "The Only 7 Spices You Actually Need," 2 Mar. 2018 Chances are that dinner would feature a simple salad and something on the grill — pork, lamb, veal or chicken. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Porcini may not be the trendiest, but it's a prized Louisville staple. Just try these dishes," 6 Feb. 2018 Serve with pita chips or over chicken, lamb or fish. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Food & Recipes," 13 June 2016 Add the beef, pork, lamb, and all remaining ingredients except the bacon. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Billionaire's Meatloaf from Alex Hitz," 8 Oct. 2014 Chef Poul Andrias Ziska earned a Michelin star with a tasting menu ($215) showcasing raest, traditionally fermented meats and fish air-dried for weeks (cod) or months (lamb, reindeer). Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "5 Restaurants Genuinely Worth Traveling For," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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English Language Learners Definition of lamb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young sheep

: the meat of a lamb

: 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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