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ribbon

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noun rib·bon \ ˈri-bən \

Definition of ribbon

1 a :a flat or tubular narrow closely woven fabric (as of silk or rayon) used for trimmings or knitting
b :a narrow fabric used for tying packages
c :a piece of usually multicolored ribbon worn as a military decoration or in place of a medal
d :a strip of colored satin given for winning a place in a competition
2 :a strip of inked fabric (as in a typewriter)
3 ribbons plural :reins for controlling an animal
4 :tatter, shred usually used in plural
  • a sheet cut to ribbons
5 :ribband

ribbonlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of ribbon in a Sentence

  1. She wore pink ribbons in her hair.

  2. She tied a ribbon around the present.

  3. The present was tied with ribbon.

  4. The soldier proudly wore his ribbons and medals.

  5. Her pie won a ribbon at the county fair.

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Origin and Etymology of ribbon

Middle English riban, from Anglo-French ribane, rubane

ribbon Synonyms

Synonyms
list, strip, slip
Related Words
slat; band, bandage, belt, binding, girth, strap, swatch, swath (or swathe), tape

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ribbon

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Definition of ribbon

transitive verb
1 a :to adorn with ribbons
b :to divide into ribbons
c :to cover with or as if with ribbons
2 :to rip to shreds

Examples of ribbon in a Sentence

  1. over the years the historic flag had become badly ribboned by the wind

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First Known Use of ribbon

1656

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RIBBON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ribbon for English Language Learners

  • : a narrow piece of cloth (such as silk) that is used to tie things or for decoration

  • : a short piece of cloth that is given as a military award

  • : a piece of colored cloth that is given as an award in a competition


RIBBON Defined for Kids

ribbon

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noun rib·bon \ ˈri-bən \

Definition of ribbon for Students

1 :a narrow strip of usually colorful fabric used especially for decoration or to tie things
2 :a ribbon that is given as an award
3 :tatter 1, shred usually used in pl.
  • The sails were torn to ribbons.


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