blue-ribbon

adjective
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of blue-ribbon

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

First Known Use of blue-ribbon

1860

blue-ribbon Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

blue ribbon

noun

Definition of blue ribbon

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)

Examples of blue ribbon in a Sentence

  1. Our pumpkin won the blue ribbon at the county fair this year.

  2. the Pritzker Prize is widely regarded as the ultimate blue ribbon for architectural achievement

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First Known Use of blue ribbon

1651


BLUE-RIBBON Defined for English Language Learners

blue-ribbon

adjective

Definition of blue-ribbon for English Language Learners

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


blue ribbon

noun

Definition of blue ribbon for English Language Learners

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


BLUE-RIBBON Defined for Kids

blue ribbon

noun

Definition of blue ribbon for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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