- 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 of cordonOFr, diminutive of corde: see cord
to encircle or shut (off) with a cordon
- A line of people, military posts, or ships stationed around an area to enclose or guard it: a police cordon.
- A rope, line, tape, or similar border stretched around an area, usually by the police, indicating that access is restricted.
- a. A cord or braid worn as a fastening or ornament.b. 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.
transitive verbcor·doned, cor·don·ing, cor·dons
To form a cordon around (an area) so as to prevent movement in or out. Often used with off: Troops cordoned off the riot zone.
Origin of cordonFrench, from Old French, diminutive of corde, cord; see cord.
- (archaic) A ribbon normally worn diagonally across the chest as a decoration or insignia of rank etc.
- A line of people or things placed around an area to enclose or protect it.
- (cricket) The arc of fielders on the off side, behind the batsman - the slips and gully.
- (botany) A woody plant, such as a fruit tree, pruned and trained to grow as a single stem on a support.
(third-person singular simple present cordons, present participle cordoning, simple past and past participle cordoned)
- (with "off") To form a cordon around an area in order to prevent movement in or out.
OriginSee also: cordón
From Middle French cordon.