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


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

Other Words from ribbon


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the ribbon cutting, businessmen showed interest. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect: New treatment options would be available in an underserved area just as a global health crisis was unfolding. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Tracy Smith and Walter Dean own the store at 6741 South Street, which held its ribbon cutting ceremony on May 11. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 In 2003, then-Senator Hillary Clinton came for the ribbon cutting. Eric Cortellessa/buffalo, Time, 16 May 2022 Yackecha Dickenson, a resident of the city’s upper Albany area who attended the ribbon cutting, agreed. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 14 May 2022 Juliet Pennington was at the official ribbon-cutting on Thursday, where Politano told her about how the pandemic gave her an opportunity to pursue her passion. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 Cutting the ribbon and opening a theme park in Shanghai and delivering the quintessential Disney theme park experience to the most populous city and country in the world. Claudia Eller, Variety, 22 Dec. 2021 North Royalton resident Nikkii Brown opened her third Krazy Fit at 3817 Center Road, cutting the ribbon with Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi, her husband and her dad, and members of the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance on hand to celebrate. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Look 1 Kenneth Nicholson white gauze Dorcas tunic with letter and ribbon pocket detail from his spring/summer 2019 collection and vintage black sweatpants. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The Orland Park native and Sandburg graduate was the 2021 U.S. ball champion and the all-around, clubs and ribbon silver medalist. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Louie’s eye for design isn’t limited to just ribbon work either. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2021 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 Thread twine or ribbon through to hang on the tree. Sunset Magazine, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ribbon


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


1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ribbon


Middle English riban, from Anglo-French ribane, rubane

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26 May 2022

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More Definitions for ribbon


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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