red ribbon


: a red ribbon usually with appropriate words or markings awarded the second-place winner in a competition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Decorated to look like a present, the stand is wrapped with Miller Lite gift paper and tied with a red ribbon. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Some are abstract—the polygon patterns that mirror the crazy-quilt blocks of the Village; others—like the line drawings of walking figures or the blood-red ribbon that steamrolls over Washington Square Park—are explicit. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 The bomb was in a gift box with a red ribbon tied around it, and it had been placed inside a cardboard box that was left on the front porch of the victim’s home, officials said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2022 The Lindt bunny also sports a red ribbon and bell, while the Lidl bunny has a yellow or green ribbon and bell, the photos show. Michael Levenson,, 1 Oct. 2022 The Lindt bunny has a red ribbon and bell, while the Lidl bunny sports a yellow or green ribbon. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 1 Oct. 2022 With a ceremonial red ribbon cut, the skaters took over. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 Create your own using our step-by-step instructions and finish the display with a simple boxwood wreath ($21 for two, Amazon) and red ribbon. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 The grand opening consisted of the traditional cutting of a red ribbon but added a guarantee for the first 100 customers who made a purchase. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red ribbon was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Red ribbon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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