rib|bon [ˈrıbən] n
1¦(piece of cloth)¦
2¦(military honour)¦
4¦(something narrow)¦
5 be cut/torn to ribbons
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: riband 'ribbon' (14-21 centuries), from Old French riban, ruban]
1.) ¦(PIECE OF CLOTH)¦ [U and C]
a narrow piece of attractive cloth that you use, for example, to tie your hair or hold things together
little girls with ribbons in their hair
a bundle of letters tied with pale blue ribbon
The ribbon was cut and the new station was officially open.
a piece of ribbon with a special pattern on it that you wear to show that you have received a military honour
3.) ¦(PRIZE)¦ AmE
a length of coloured ribbon, sometimes arranged in the form of a flat flower, that is given as a prize in a competition
British Equivalent: rosette
For the second time she won the blue ribbon (=first prize) .
4.) ¦(SOMETHING NARROW)¦ [singular]
written something that is long and narrow
ribbon of
a winding ribbon of water
5.) be cut/torn to ribbons
to be cut or torn in a lot of places
Her legs were bruised and her feet were cut to ribbons.
6.) ¦(INK)¦
a long narrow piece of cloth or plastic with ink on it that is used in a ↑typewriter

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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