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

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

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 Bolívar wants to eat it, but David’s will prevails and the lamb is allowed to stay in a cage. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Unsuitable Passions of J.M. Coetzee," 18 May 2020 Remove the lamb chops from the pan and set them aside on a platter. Stanley Tucci, The Atlantic, "Cooking Your Way Through the Pandemic," 15 May 2020 In the nursery field, the brown-and-white Jacob’s sheep already have triplets: the Swaledales are due in early April, and the black Herdwick lambs, the hardy mountain sheep, a couple of weeks later. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Cherney also raised the grand champion market lamb and positioned her beautiful animal in front of the crowd, smoothing the white fur on its back, and cupping its head as the creature occasionally bleated. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers sells his first livestock at State Fair auction," 7 Aug. 2019 Recently the selection included a turkey roulade dinner; rack of lamb; and homemade banana bread. Patricia Escárcega, Los Angeles Times, "25 restaurant-markets in Los Angeles where you can shop for groceries," 11 Apr. 2020 For many of us, Easter typically consists of big family gatherings at someone’s house or a favorite restaurant––and there’s usually a honey glazed ham or leg of lamb. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Vegetarian Easter Dishes You Need to Make This Sunday," 10 Apr. 2020 There are hams of all kinds available, leg of lamb, side dishes, salads, breads and desserts. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Findlay Market is open and ready for Easter," 9 Apr. 2020 By Friday at locations in Novi and Troy Coriander Kitchen and Farm Detroit What: Prepped and ready to roast leg of lamb sourced locally from an Upper Peninsula farm. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These metro Detroit restaurants are offering take-out Easter meals," 8 Apr. 2020 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

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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Time Traveler for lamb

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

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Last Updated

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lamb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lamb. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for lamb

lamb

noun
How to pronounce Lamb (audio)

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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