Definition of cordon in English:


Line breaks: cor¦don
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːd(ə)n


  • 1A line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing access to or from an area or building: the crowd was halted in front of the police cordon
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    • 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.
    barrier, line, column, row, file, ranks, chain, ring, circle; picket line
    informal crocodile
  • 2A fruit tree trained to grow as a single stem.
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    • Somebody recently showed me five different varieties of apples on cordons (single stems grown at 45 degrees to the ground) against a 4ft featherboard fence.
    • Vines are generally cordon or single Guyot trained.
    • Specimen half-standard fruit trees can be grown as features in the lawn or borders, and mini upright cordons can be grown individually, in small plantations in the borders or in pots for the patio.
  • 3 Architecture A projecting course of brick or stone on the face of a wall.


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late Middle English (denoting an ornamental braid): 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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