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cordon

noun cor·don \ ˈkȯr-dᵊn , -ˌdän \

Definition of cordon

1 a :an ornamental cord or ribbon
  • untied the cordon that fastened his cloak
2 a :a line of troops or of military posts enclosing an area to prevent passage
b :a line of persons or objects around a person or place
  • a cordon of police
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.

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Origin and Etymology of cordon

French, diminutive of corde cord

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cordon

verb

Definition of cordon

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

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CORDON Defined for English Language Learners

cordon

noun

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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