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Definition of lamb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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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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

In the meaning defined above

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one action, Mr. Nitsch disemboweled and dismembered a lamb. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 John, finding himself before the Throne of God, sees a lamb, an image of Christ, who receives a scroll sealed by seven seals. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Sticky lamb ribs glazed with aged soy sauce and served with sesame sticky rice, charred cucumber and pickled radish. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 This picture of Princess Charlotte wearing a yellow lamb sweater was released to the public in honor of the little royal's second birthday. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 Cut one jelly bean in half crosswise for lamb’s eyes. Mary Meade,, 14 Apr. 2022 Brunchers can find a wide-ranging menu at the Summit Hotel's Overlook Kitchen + Bar this Sunday, complete with both hot and cold buffet tables, beef and lamb carving stations and bottomless mimosas. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2022 STK Steakhouse, Gaslamp Quarter: On April 16 and 17, STK will be offering Easter brunch service and all-day specials, including Dungeness crab deviled eggs, slow-roasted prime rib and Colorado lamb T-bones. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 So if your group is sticking with the usual ham or lamb plus Grandma Judy's potato salad, your dad's famous asparagus, and the carrot cake that's been served since at least 1994, you're probably all set. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 26 Mar. 2022 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, 10 Feb. 2020 Things are worse in lambing season when criminals can double or triple their takings. The Economist, 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, 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, 16 Sep. 2017 Coyotes can do a lot of damage, especially during the fall during lambing season. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, 17 May 2017 Just across the North Carolina border in Virginia, Craig Rogers is deep into lambing season. Kim Severson, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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“Lamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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.

Lamb biographical name (1)

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Definition of Lamb

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 2 of 3)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman


biographical name (3)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 3 of 3)

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist

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