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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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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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, Cincinnati.com, "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, latimes.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "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Shore's Deena Cortese Learned She Was Having a Boy," 3 July 2018 The players' warm-ups had red, white and blue ribbons, originally made to honor Foster and Lamar — a Lebanon High School graduate.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

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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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blue-ribbon

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blue-ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blue ribbon

noun

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

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
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Legal Definition of blue-ribbon 

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

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