lamb

noun
\ ˈlam How to pronounce lamb (audio) \

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

lamb

verb
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

Lamb

biographical name (1)
\ ˈlam How to pronounce Lamb (audio) \

Definition of Lamb (Entry 3 of 5)

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

Lamb

biographical name (2)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 4 of 5)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman

Lamb

biographical name (3)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 5 of 5)

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist

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Noun

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lamb

Synonyms: Noun

angel, dove, innocent, sheep

Antonyms: Noun

wolf

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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

The country’s most iconic dishes are a proud litany of meats and animal products—corned beef with cabbage, bacon and cabbage, and lamb stew, just to name a few. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Serve lamb topped with relish and vegetables alongside. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019 Sierra bighorn sheep: The state’s latest surveys counted roughly 600 Sierra bighorns — a number that could go up with this year’s surviving lambs. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Food, too, doesn't disappoint: Tuck into veal steak with lobster and mashed potatoes, or a rack of lamb with an artichoke gratin. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "When in Germany, Drink Riesling," 4 Sep. 2018 The restaurant serves everything from lamb chops to spring rolls, and there is an extensive vegan menu. Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Novak Djokovic Is Helping Turn Belgrade, Serbia Into Your Next Destination," 25 July 2018 The Moroccan lamb sausage is one of more than 40 sausage varieties sold at the store. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "T&H sausage shop closing, seeks new space," 23 Feb. 2018 Traditionally, pretop, the drippings, are leftover from the previous night's whole roast lamb or pig roast. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Astoria Café is home to some heroic buns," 26 Apr. 2018 Come just for coffee from the bar or stay for a full meal of highlights like butternut squash soup and slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018

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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

Noun

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

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lamb

Noun

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

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More Definitions for lamb

lamb

noun

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

lamb

verb

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

of a sheep : to give birth to a lamb

lamb

noun
\ ˈlam How to pronounce lamb (audio) \

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

lamb

verb
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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