blue-ribbon

adjective

Definition of blue-ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of outstanding quality especially : consisting of individuals selected for quality, reputation, or authority a blue-ribbon panel

blue ribbon

noun

Definition of blue ribbon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an honor or award gained for preeminence
2 : a blue ribbon awarded as an honor (as to the first-place winner in a competition)

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Examples of blue-ribbon in a Sentence

Noun

Our pumpkin won the blue ribbon at the county fair this year. the Pritzker Prize is widely regarded as the ultimate blue ribbon for architectural achievement

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The event includes the Ramona Junior Livestock Fair and Auction featuring 4-H and FFA members competing for blue ribbons on goats, rabbits, pigs, lambs and steers. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four-day country fair with livestock auction opens Thursday in Ramona," 30 July 2019 Inside the long, low buildings were shelves of 4-H projects, from ceramics to T-Shirts to photography, already pinned with white, red and blue ribbons by the judges, and next to them rows of produce an platters that had received the same. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County cakes get board game treatment as 4-H & FFA Fair kicks off," 27 July 2019 Council members also moved Friday to consider creating a blue ribbon commission to study the issue of automation and job development at the port. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "City deals blow to automation plan at the Port of L.A. The robots could still be coming," 28 June 2019 Chris Duncan took first prize in the dad-on-dad competition, and two of his daughters, Kayla, 13, and Chloe, 9, also walked away with blue ribbons. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dads celebrate Father’s Day at county fair," 16 June 2019 Once the blue ribbon barring the entrance to the ramp was sliced, one biker after another pedaled onto the new ramp, a nearly 800-foot addition to the bridge’s south path. Jason Laughlin, https://www.inquirer.com, "Cyclists celebrate opening of Ben Franklin Bridge ramp," 4 June 2019 Along Oak Street, American flags, blue ribbons, blue balloons and banners featuring thin blue lines were prominently on display. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For Deputy Jacob Pickett, a memorial almost too big to comprehend," 9 Mar. 2018 Olsen, an accomplished equestrian, competed in the tournament, and her post-show ensemble was blue ribbon-worthy. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Mary-Kate Olsen Makes the Case for Classic Equestrian Style," 28 Sep. 2018 Again, the local organizers, everything from blue ribbons in Mountain View to vests in Germany. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of blue-ribbon

Adjective

1860, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blue-ribbon was in 1651

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blue-ribbon

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blue-ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : made up of people who have special knowledge, abilities, etc.

blue ribbon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blue ribbon (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a decorative piece of blue cloth that is given to the winner in a contest or competition

blue ribbon

noun

Kids Definition of blue ribbon

: a decorative ribbon colored blue that is given to the winner in a competition

blue-ribbon

adjective
blue-rib·​bon

Legal Definition of blue-ribbon

: consisting of individuals selected for quality, reputation, or authority a blue-ribbon committee

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