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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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Shore's Deena Cortese Learned She Was Having a Boy," 3 July 2018 The players' warm-ups had red, white and blue ribbons, originally made to honor Foster and Lamar — a Lebanon High School graduate. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Community rocked by tragedy gets back on its feet with help from basketball team," 11 Mar. 2018 Fourteen Westerville officers - all members of the department’s honor guard - and the department’s chaplain, Jim Meacham, flanked a podium decorated with a blue ribbon Sunday. Emily Mills,, "'Children have lost a father': Westerville mourns and looks for answers," 11 Feb. 2018 Campaigns don't led to elections, but blue ribbons. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, "Prized pooches pampered, praised at Detroit Kennel Club annual show," 24 June 2018 Across the street, an automotive shop had draped a Navy sash over its sign, and blue ribbons were fastened to an overpass as a symbol of remembrance. Christina Tkacik,, "Hundreds turn out for viewing of slain Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio," 24 May 2018 Dozens of members of the congregation, wearing blue ribbons to show support, spoke in favor of the mosque. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Mosque wins zoning approval: 'My children are the future of Carmel'," 26 Feb. 2018 Bringing the community closer Wendy Hamilton wore a red, white and blue ribbon pinned to her chest with the date July 4th, 2004, on it. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Star-spangled traditions: Milwaukee communities come together for July 4th festivities," 4 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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English Language Learners Definition of blue-ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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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