Definition of ribbon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɪbən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪbən//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a narrow strip of material, used to tie things or for decoration a present tied with yellow ribbon lengths of velvet ribbon She was wearing two blue silk ribbons in her hair.
  2. 2[countable] something that is long and narrow in shape The road was a ribbon of moonlight.
  3. 3[countable] a ribbon in special colours, or tied in a special way, that is given to somebody as a prize or as a military honour, or that is worn by somebody to show that they belong to a particular political party compare rosette
  4. 4[countable] a long strip of material containing ink that you put into typewriters and some computer printers
  5. Word Originearly 16th cent.: variant of riband. The French spelling ruban was also frequent in the 16th–18th cents.Extra examples He tied some gold ribbon around the present. Her hair was tied back with a black silk ribbon. She had a pink ribbon in her hair. The Lord Mayor cut a ribbon to launch the celebrations. Her present was tied with yellow ribbon.Idioms
    cut/tear, etc. something to ribbons
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    to cut/tear, etc. something very badly His coat was torn to ribbons by the barbed wire fence.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ribbon