American English

Definition of ribbon noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 colors, or tied in a special way, that is given to someone as a prize or as a military honor, or that is worn by someone to show that they support a particular cause
  4. 4[countable] a long strip of material containing ink that you put into typewriters and some computer printers
  5. 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 Learner's Dictionary entry: ribbon