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cordon

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noun cor·don \ˈkȯr-dən, -ˌdän\

Definition of cordon

  1. 1a :  an ornamental cord or ribbon <untied the cordon that fastened his cloak>b :  stringcourse

  2. 2a :  a line of troops or of military posts enclosing an area to prevent passageb :  a line of persons or objects around a person or place <a cordon of police>

  3. 3 :  an espalier especially of a fruit tree trained as a single horizontal shoot or two diverging horizontal shoots in a single line

Examples of cordon in a sentence

  1. A cordon of police kept protesters away from the building.

Origin and Etymology of cordon

French, diminutive of corde cord


First Known Use: 15th century

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cordon

verb cor·don

Definition of cordon

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form a protective or restrictive cordon (see 1cordon 2) around —usually used with off <Police cordoned off the area around the crime scene.>

Origin and Etymology of cordon

see 1cordon


First Known Use: 1561



CORDON Defined for English Language Learners

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cordon

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noun cor·don \ˈkȯr-dən, -ˌdän\

Definition of cordon for English Language Learners

  • : a line of people or objects that are placed around or in front of a person or place to keep people away



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