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blue ribbon

Syllabification: blue rib·bon
(British blue riband)

Definition of blue ribbon in English:

noun

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.

adjective

[attributive] North American Back to top  
1Of the highest quality; first-class: blue-ribbon service
2(Of a jury or committee) carefully or specially selected: the SEC’s blue-ribbon committee on auditor independence

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