ribbon

noun
rib·​bon | \ ˈri-bən How to pronounce ribbon (audio) \

Definition of ribbon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

ribbon

verb
ribboned; ribboning; ribbons

Definition of ribbon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from ribbon

Noun

ribbonlike \ ˈri-​bən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce ribbon (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ribbon

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of ribbon in a Sentence

Noun She wore pink ribbons in her hair. She tied a ribbon around the present. The present was tied with ribbon. The soldier proudly wore his ribbons and medals. Her pie won a ribbon at the county fair. Verb over the years the historic flag had become badly ribboned by the wind
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett during the ribbon-cutting Friday thanked the Trinity Haven staff and more than 80 people and organizations who worked to make the programs possible through their work and donations. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "'Our house is officially a home': Home for homeless LGBTQ youth opens in Indianapolis," 30 Apr. 2021 Developers cut the ribbon on the two new apartment buildings in November 2018, but the buildings remained closed for months afterward. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "A small grocer is coming to West Baltimore’s Poppleton neighborhood," 17 Mar. 2021 Last summer, Garcetti cut the ribbon for two new downtown bus lanes and another in October, and at least a half-dozen more have been proposed. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "What Eric Garcetti Might Borrow From Mr. Mayor," 9 Mar. 2021 Though construction for the $48 million, 153,332-square-foot building wrapped up over the summer, NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. and other district officials gathered this week to formally cut the ribbon. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "See the new, $48 million Edna Karr High School in Algiers: More space, new field and room to grow," 18 Dec. 2020 The image is from a 2017 event where Trump spoke about deregulation goals and cut a ribbon across stacks of paper that represented current regulations and 1960 regulations. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Image from 2017 White House event altered to make claim about votes for Biden," 6 Dec. 2020 Wantz cut the ribbon alongside Taneytown council members Judith Fuller and Joe Vigliotti, State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo, county Commissioner Stephen Wantz, and state Del. Haven Shoemaker. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Over a year after truck attack, renovated Taneytown City Hall ‘back up and running’," 23 Oct. 2020 The mayor is to cut a ribbon, alongside block club captains and managers of Detroit's sewage system. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit aims to end basement flooding and cut water pollution with sponge-like medians," 13 Oct. 2020 Kim Marling cut the ribbon to conclude the dedication. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid, Empire Communities join Boys And Girls Country to dedicate cottage," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Louie’s eye for design isn’t limited to just ribbon work either. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Indigenous Ribbon Work Always Tells a Story," 22 Mar. 2021 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, "Christmas in the Desert," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ribbon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ribbon

Noun

Middle English riban, from Anglo-French ribane, rubane

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The first known use of ribbon was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Ribbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbon. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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ribbon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ribbon

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

ribbon

noun
rib·​bon | \ ˈri-bən How to pronounce ribbon (audio) \

Kids Definition of ribbon

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 sense 1, shred usually used in pl. The sails were torn to ribbons.

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