noun \ˈkr-dən, -ˌdän\

: 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

a :  an ornamental cord or ribbon
b :  stringcourse
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>
:  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

  1. A cordon of police kept protesters away from the building.

Origin of CORDON

French, diminutive of corde cord
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with CORDON


transitive verb

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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