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 ribbonlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ribbon

Synonyms: Noun

list, slip, strip

Synonyms: Verb

rend, rip, rive, shred, tatter, tear

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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 old guy spat a ribbon of tobacco juice out the window. David Canfield, EW.com, "Stephen King's The Institute is out now. Read this juicy excerpt first," 10 Sep. 2019 Southeast Wisconsin has just a narrow ribbon of land in the Great Lakes basin. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 There was Pikes Peak, that terrifying ribbon of road in Colorado that runs up above 14,000 feet. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The ten best console racing games of all time," 22 Aug. 2019 Glassy ribbons of celtuce, or celery lettuce, decorate a bed of Cured Local Halibut ($17), a savory, bright-green broth swaying beneath it. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Oakland’s former Boot and Shoe Service re-opens with new name — and a promise," 16 Aug. 2019 Hoping to catch divers’ attention, volunteers painted bright ribbons of blue, pink, yellow and orange in the middle of three intersections at Southeast First, Second and Third avenues. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "These funky murals are for the streets. And maybe they’ll kick drivers into slow gear.," 4 Aug. 2019 Glastonbury will construct a 4,400-foot ribbon of sidewalk along Main Street into South Glastonbury — the last remaining gap from South Glastonbury to East Hartford. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A list of all the Glastonbury projects moving forward this summer, early fall," 31 July 2019 The stadium is expected to be wrapped in ribbons of a plastics material that will emit an orange glow. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati set to reveal final Major League Soccer stadium design," 14 July 2019 The mizu-yōkan is a glossy, slightly chalky red-bean jelly, topped with cream, plum compote, and a ribbon of brown-sugar syrup. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Udon Takes On New Texture at Hanon," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For decades, the viaduct provided shelter to homeless people below, who lived underneath decks of asphalt and steel that ribboned along the Puget Sound. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless," 13 Jan. 2019 One of the original highways in the U.S. highway system, Route 66 stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, totaling in 2,448 miles of ribboning highway. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Best US road trips," 2 Apr. 2018 Layers of cool hues and ribboned marble give the interior a quiet and calming vibe. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Contemporary three-story displays a fresh face in Playa Vista," 2 May 2018 For instance, the exterior of the 33-story glassy tower is punctuated with full-height bay windows, and each floor is ribboned with a horizontal green band. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "New angular Loop apartment wants you to fall in love with its lines," 21 Dec. 2017 The croissants are Philly’s best, their whorling layers tanged with cultured butter and honey — even better ribboned with intense chocolate. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Hungry Pigeon serves comfort plates with a cheffy twist," 9 Dec. 2017 In the chef’s kitchen, ribboned calacatta marble countertops pair with custom white cabinetry. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Former Angel Gary Matthews Jr. parts with a home base in Corona del Mar," 19 Oct. 2017 Perhaps the best example of this is Lasa’s lumpia sariwa, a menu staple that takes a traditional Filipino rice flour crepe and the cuisine’s signature bright, vinegary sauces and pairs them with a bed of ribboned kale. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appetit, "We Want Everything on the Menu at This New Cali-Filipino Restaurant," 12 Sep. 2017 For me, all the blue and gold ribboned boxes in the world can’t hold a candle to Passover. Orange County Register, "Cooking with Judy: Can’t beat the cuisine at the community Seder," 6 Apr. 2017

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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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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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