Definition of blue ribbon in English:

blue ribbon

Syllabification: blue rib·bon
(British blue riband)

noun

  • 1A badge made of blue ribbon and given as first prize to the winner of a competition.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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