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 The Salvation Army moved out of its old home of 41 years last month, and the new facilities opened about two weeks ago, with Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony serving as its official dedication. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 The commission said other programs including the Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Pathway to Hope at Greenwood and a Monday night candlelight vigil are still scheduled. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Councilman Antonio Brown was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at an event in northeast Atlanta around noon when at least four kids jumped into his car and took off, FOX 5 of Atlanta reported. David Aaro, Fox News, 27 May 2021 Construction is underway at J. Alexander’s at Town Madison following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 27 May 2021 Owners Tim and Kellie Stewart will host a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 28,000-square-foot facility on June 3, followed by an all-day grand opening celebration on June 5. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 21 May 2021 The 2021 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced Sunday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Springfield, Mass., during the debut of the museum‘s $25-million renovation. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 Schallenkamp held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new bus May 12 as a standing-room-only crowd of members watched. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 To a time when some of civilization's greatest monuments were as pristine as the day of their ribbon-cutting ceremonies and when— even better—you'd be the only visitor, with nary a selfie stick or souvenir vendor in sight. Holly Monahan, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Ribbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbon. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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