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 roasted lamb, the chicken tagine, the bastilla (a savory poultry pie with cinnamon and saffron). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Is Cooking Some of Her Favorite Recipes on Instagram," 18 Dec. 2018 In a large bowl, break up the ground lamb into rough chunks. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 On the recommendation of local officials, Fore, the vice president of public affairs, represented the company at the county fair in Bowling Green, Ohio, in August 2016, buying the grand champion lamb and goat. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "Building pipeline support, one chicken, lamb and goat at a time," 5 July 2018 Meat eaters: Try the lamb saag stewed in spinach and cream sauce ($16) or the tamarind wings marinated in house spices and topped with chutney ($16). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best vegetarian dishes at non-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago," 9 Aug. 2017 Chinese scientists at a different research facility have had to use caesarean sections to birth lambs whose MSTN genes were deleted with Crispr, because some grew too large to be birthed naturally. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing," 14 Dec. 2018 Egyptian lamb fattah and Persian chicken with barberry rice, according to The Telegraph. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Gets Into the Thanksgiving Spirit," 21 Nov. 2018 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 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

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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