Definition of blue ribbon in English:

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blue ribbon

Pronunciation: /ˈˌblo͞o ˈˌribən/
(British blue riband)


1A badge made of blue ribbon and given as first prize to the winner of a competition.
Example sentences
  • Have an adult tally up the votes and make sure your winner gets a blue ribbon!
  • Nine-year-old Davey had won and proudly wore a blue ribbon declaring him the winner pinned to his overalls.
  • The room was filled with innumerable awards, trophies, blue ribbons, award-winning essays and such.
1.1(In the UK) a badge worn by members of the Order of the Garter.
Example sentences
  • Each knight, or lady, also receives the glittering Garter Star and a blue riband bearing a smaller badge called the Lesser George - most of which they keep at home.
  • The Lesser George is gold and is situated at the bottom of the blue riband, or sash, worn over the shoulder.
  • Charles II. introduced the blue riband.


[attributive] North American
1Of the highest quality; first-class: blue-ribbon service
More example sentences
  • Hesiod brags of prizes won, the blue-ribbon poem of a pedigree at the county-fair, coarse-woven and straw-capped.
  • Between these continuing reports and word of her ballooning figure, I'm beginning to think we treat blue-ribbon cattle better than Hollywood actresses!
  • You'll be hailed as the blue-ribbon bistro chef of the backcountry.
2(Of a jury or committee) carefully or specially selected: the SEC’s blue-ribbon committee on auditor independence
More example sentences
  • After organizing a blue-ribbon committee to protest the fraud and demand a recount, he held massive demonstrations throughout the city and went to court.
  • The Alabama Legislature has created a blue-ribbon committee to study the state's health care ‘crisis.’
  • The blue-ribbon committee charged with developing a new tax policy for the Internet crashed and burned last week.

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Syllabification: blue rib·bon

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