rib·​and ˈri-bənd How to pronounce riband (audio)
: a ribbon used especially as a decoration

Examples of riband in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The collectable doll wears an ivory gown, blue riband with decorations of order and a stunning tiara based on Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara. Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Dressel's victory in swimming's blue riband event was the most high-profile result on a night that saw a number of records splashed aside in the pool and rivalries renewed between Team USA and Australia, as well as medal table challengers China. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 29 July 2021 Nevertheless, even this blue riband route only supported work for around two or three of the seven aircraft fleet. John Strickland, Forbes, 27 June 2021 It’s now the blue riband of British racing and a global sporting and cultural spectacle. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 11 May 2021 Ski racing will play an important part at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, which will be held from February 9 to 25, with the blue riband downhill events taking center stage. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, 16 Oct. 2017 The race for three-year-old thoroughbreds, also held over dirt, is shorter than the blue riband Derby, at nine-and-a-half furlongs or 1 3/16 miles. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 19 May 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English, alteration of riban

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of riband was in the 15th century

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“Riband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riband. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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