lamb

noun
\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

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 \

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 \ adjective
lamby \ˈla-mē \ adjective

Verb

lamber \ˈla-mər \ 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 discovery also unearthed an assortment of jugs and dishes, a bronze coin, along with dishes of chicken, rabbit and another animal believed to be a lamb or goat, likely offerings to sustain them in the afterlife. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb," 13 June 2018 Howard County police officers rescued a little lamb this week from a creek in Columbia, Md. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "‘Full cuteness’: Little lamb rescued by police from Maryland creek," 12 June 2018 According to HelloGiggles, Johansson already has quite a few other tattoos: a tiny design on her right ankle, a bracelet tattooed on her right wrist, two rib tattoos, a lamb on her back, and a colorful sunset tattooed on her left arm. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Scarlett Johansson Showed Off Her Huge Back Tattoo at the Avengers: Infinity War Premiere," 25 Apr. 2018 Such a food industry would also need to develop bioreactors—think bread machines with cell cartridges or breweries that make meat, not beer—that would intake the raw materials and spit out lamb chops. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 The fact that the lamb chops were flown in from Australia and the squab from California is proudly advertised. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 On a recent trip this writer plowed through the calamari (served with blue cheese and a Buffalo-wing style sauce, a genius idea), the lollipop lamb chops, a rib eye sandwich and the s’mores casserole. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Inside The Woods, Tiger's Star-Studded Restaurant in Jupiter," 12 June 2018 Rack of lamb, the priciest dish on the menu at $38, earned its price tag with a majestic portion, a savory rosemary jus, and tender, flavorful meat. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 But there were also unexpected lows, like a forgettable lamb chop that lacked heat. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "A Mumbai Restaurant Celebrating the Flavors of Goa," 19 May 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

: 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 \

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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