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ribbon

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noun rib·bon \ˈri-bən\

Definition of ribbon

  1. 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. 2 :  a strip of inked fabric (as in a typewriter)

  3. 3 plural :  reins for controlling an animal

  4. 4 :  tatter, shred —usually used in plural <a sheet cut to ribbons>

  5. 5 :  ribband

ribbonlike

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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.

Origin and Etymology of ribbon

Middle English riban, from Anglo-French ribane, rubane


First Known Use: 14th century


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ribbon

verb rib·bon

Definition of ribbon

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

  3. 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>

1716

First Known Use of ribbon

1716


RIBBON Defined for English Language Learners

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ribbon

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noun rib·bon \ˈri-bən\

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. 1 :  a narrow strip of usually colorful fabric used especially for decoration or to tie things

  2. 2 :  a ribbon that is given as an award

  3. 3 :  tatter 1, shred —usually used in pl. <The sails were torn to ribbons.>



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