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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


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


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Lamb (Entry 3 of 5)

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


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Definition of Lamb (Entry 4 of 5)

William 1779–1848 2nd Viscount Melbourne English statesman


biographical name (3)

Definition of Lamb (Entry 5 of 5)

Willis Eugene 1913–2008 American physicist

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The entree is a duo of roast rack of lamb and grilled shoulder with mint sauce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Easter specials, from brunch spreads to roast lamb," 26 Mar. 2021 Buffets lined the room, featuring prime rib sliders, lamb chops with mint julep sauce and Cajun cream sauce crab cakes, among many other bites. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Will they or won't they? Are Louisville's star-studded Kentucky Derby Eve galas canceled?," 26 Mar. 2021 Dishes include king crab deviled eggs with Osetra caviar, roasted zucchini salad, fennel stuffed salmon with quinoa pilaf and grilled lamb chops. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Easter 2021: Hop to these 22 San Diego County restaurants for brunch or dinner," 26 Mar. 2021 Dine-in Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $58 a person for four courses, with choices such as crab Benedict, prime rib with eggs, and lamb chops with polenta. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Easter 2021: Brunch and dinner, for takeout and dining in, at Milwaukee-area restaurants," 24 Mar. 2021 The dine-in menu includes choices like Maine lobster asparagus and saffron risotto, goat cheese beignet, portobello and asparagus omelet, crabcake Benedict, rosemary roasted double lamb chops and crème brûlée. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "50-plus D-FW restaurants offering Easter and Passover meal specials," 24 Mar. 2021 Entrée choices will be Norwegian salmon, tarragon chicken breast, duck a l’orange beef short ribs Bourguignon or leg of lamb. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "The best Passover and Easter restaurant specials," 17 Mar. 2021 Rachel is serving lamb chops and mahi-mahi and thought Francesca told her to make three orders of mahi-mahi, only to see four on the ticket. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Recap: They Ain’t Never Seen Versace Floaties," 2 Feb. 2021 The Bible says that the lion will lay down with the lamb. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: It’s harvest time, a glorious time, and we must ‘come forth as gold’ | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 19 Mar. 2021 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


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

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“Lamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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



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

of a sheep : to give birth to a lamb


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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.

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