Definition of blue riband noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


blue riband

BrE BrE//ˌbluː ˈrɪbənd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbluː ˈrɪbənd//
(British English) (also blue ribbon North American English, British English)
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an honour (sometimes in the form of a blue ribbon ) given to the winner of the first prize in a competition a blue-riband event (= a very important one)