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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Previous blue ribbon winners include a 39-lb head of broccoli, a 138-lb cabbage, and a single carrot weighing in at 18 lbs. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2021 That means no lucrative speeches, no hagiographic book deals, no fawning interviews, no plum sinecures in the private or nonprofit sector, and no appointments to blue ribbon government posts. Timothy Kudo, The New Republic, 12 July 2021 Jason handed out lapel pins, a blue ribbon and a green ribbon intertwined. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 At the finish line, runners/walkers will receive their medal -- a commemorative event beer bottle opener on a patriotic red, white and blue ribbon. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Walking behind her on a little bridge over a watercourse, Sohel had been free to look at her neck, her shoulders, and the blue ribbon in her black hair. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 The regular voters, who picked Pearson as a Seniors candidate, and the special 2020 blue ribbon panel that selected Harris and Johnson, loaded up on Cowboys. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2021 As my daughter dons a swim cap and earns her first blue ribbon at her first meet. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 4 July 2021 If that wasn’t bad enough, the pig had to give back its county fair blue ribbon. ... San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021

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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)

: 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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