red ribbon


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

Examples of red ribbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Small sculptures of the Virgin Mary and a few red ribbons are scattered on side tables in their living room, alongside plastic green wreaths. Fatima Abdulkarim, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2023 Decorated to look like a present, the stand was wrapped with Miller Lite gift paper and tied with a red ribbon. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 In this exterior example, a noble fir wreath welcomes guests at this home's front gate, and more wreaths are simply hung with red ribbon over each window, always a totally classic, holiday look. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 Seventy-two wreaths sporting red ribbons adorn the north and south exteriors of the White House. CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 Players and their families have been encouraged to wear red in the field and in the stands, and red ribbons have been placed at the field where William played. Travis Loller, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2023 Late in the show, five gigantic red ribbons drop from the rafters, and remain for the length of a number. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 Nov. 2023 Homes are strung with Christmas lights, white pillars get wrapped with red ribbon to become candy canes, and nativity scenes pop up alongside the many varieties of Santa Claus that appear across the town. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 At Simone Rocha, models wore dainty red ribbons under their eyes to match those tied to their dangling crystal earrings. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Aug. 2023 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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“Red ribbon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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