A lamb is a baby sheep. Most female sheep, or ewes, give birth to one or two lambs each spring. Lambs are so cute that they tend to show up in nursery rhymes — as in "Mary had a little lamb." Awwww.

When you're petting a newborn sheep, you can call it a lamb, but if you're eating meat that comes from this same animal, it's a mass noun, lamb without the a. The word can be a verb too, as when a ewe lambs, or gives birth, and it's been a common pet name, especially for a young child, since at least the eleventh century: "Okay, time for bed, lamb!"

Definitions of lamb
  1. noun
    young sheep
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    a very young lamb
    child's word for a sheep or lamb
    hog, hogg, hogget
    a sheep up to the age of one year; one yet to be sheared
    two-year-old sheep
    Persian lamb
    a karakul lamb
    type of:
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
  2. noun
    the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food
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    the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
  3. verb
    give birth to a lamb
    “the ewe lambed
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    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
  4. noun
    a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters)
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    dupe, victim
    a person who is tricked or swindled
  5. noun
    a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
    synonyms: dear
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    inexperienced person, innocent
    a person who lacks knowledge of evil
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