cordon definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a line or circle of police, soldiers, forts, ships, etc. stationed around an area to guard it
- a cord, ribbon, or braid worn as a decoration or badge
Origin: Old French diminutive of corde: see cord
to encircle or shut (off) with a cordon
cordon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A line of people, military posts, or ships stationed around an area to enclose or guard it.
- A cord or braid worn as a fastening or ornament.
- A ribbon usually worn diagonally across the breast as a badge of honor or decoration.
- Architecture A stringcourse.
- Botany A tree or shrub, especially a fruit tree such as an apple or pear, repeatedly pruned and trained to grow on a support as a single ropelike stem.
To form a cordon around (an area) so as to prevent movement in or out: Troops cordoned off the riot zone.
Origin: French, from Old French, diminutive of corde, cord; see cord.