Definition of cordon in English:
- Following the discovery, police threw a cordon round the area and set up a 24-hour guard to protect the site.
- Soldiers forming a cordon around the police station became involved, and a wall was demolished by a British tank as they struggled to ‘collect’ the men, the MoD said.
- Police set up cordons around the area and closed the lower end of the High Street while firefighters began carrying out their investigations.
verb[with object] (cordon off) Back to top
- A large area surrounding the house has been cordoned off by police tape.
- People living nearby were woken with the news at around 3am and the area was cordoned off by police tape.
- The crews were at the scene for four hours and the area was cordoned off as police and fire investigation officers began an examination the scene.
late Middle English (denoting an ornamental braid worn on the person): from Italian cordone, augmentative of corda, and French cordon, diminutive of corde, both from Latin chorda 'string, rope' (see cord). sense 3 of the noun, the earliest of the current noun senses, dates from the early 18th century.
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