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

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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


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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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 Switch out the blue ribbon for a black one and don't forget the fingerless gloves. Cameron Glover, Allure, "11 Halloween Costumes That You Can Do With Just a Wig," 9 Oct. 2018 Some wear blue shoes, others go for a blue manicure or pedicure; a piece of jewelry with a blue gem is popular option, as is a blue ribbon tied around the bridal bouquet. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride's Blue Pen Exploded in Her Hair Days Before Her Wedding, and the Photos Are Dramatic," 18 Aug. 2018 Several people wore blue ribbons pinned on their jackets. Jessie Balmert,, "Westerville chief: Fallen officers were heroes not in death, but in life," 16 Feb. 2018 Like other exhibits and showcases at the fair, the 2018 OC Fair Juried Exhibition is a competition with cash prizes, and blue ribbons abound for Best of Show and top winners in each division and category. Richard Chang,, "Art offers a feast of a different kind for OC Fair visitors," 12 July 2018 The clip shows a woman lighting something inside a decorative box with pink and blue ribbon on top, before stepping back and allowing the parents-to-be to have their moment. Jen Juneau,, "Watch the Potentially Explosive Moment Jersey Shore's Deena Cortese Learned She Was Having a Boy," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of blue-ribbon


1860, in the meaning defined above


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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English Language Learners Definition of blue-ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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

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Kids Definition of blue ribbon

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



Legal Definition of blue-ribbon

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

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