Simple Definition of cordon
: a line of people or objects that are placed around or in front of a person or place to keep people away
Full Definition of cordon
1 a : an ornamental cord or ribbon b : stringcourse
2 a : a line of troops or of military posts enclosing an area to prevent passage b : a line of persons or objects around a person or place <a cordon of police>
3 : an espalier especially of a fruit tree trained as a single horizontal shoot or two diverging horizontal shoots in a single line
Examples of cordon in a sentence
A cordon of police kept protesters away from the building.
Origin and Etymology of cordon
French, diminutive of corde cord
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of cordon
: to form a protective or restrictive cordon around —usually used with off <police cordoned off the area around the crime scene>
First Known Use of cordon
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