- The definition of a ribbon is a thin strip of silk or rayon fabric with finished images.
An example of a ribbon is what a young girl might use to tie up her hair.
A girl with a red ribbon in her hair.
- a narrow strip of silk, rayon, velvet, etc. finished at the edges and of various widths, used for decoration, tying things, etc.
- material in such strips
- anything suggesting such a strip: a ribbon of blue sky
- torn strips or shreds; tatters: a garment torn to ribbons
- ☆ a narrow strip of inked cloth or plastic against which type characters strike for printing, as in a typewriter
- a small strip of colored cloth worn as a badge or awarded as a prize, symbol of honor or achievement, etc.: winner of a blue ribbon
- Mil. a strip of cloth, often of many colors, worn on the left breast of the uniform to indicate an award of a decoration or medal
- Informal reins used in driving
Origin of ribbonMiddle English riban ; from Middle French riban, ruban ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Dutch ringband, collar ; from ring, ring + band, akin to band
- to decorate, trim, or mark with or as with a ribbon or ribbons
- to split or tear into ribbonlike strips or shreds
- A narrow strip or band of fabric, especially a fine fabric such as satin or velvet, finished at the edges and used for trimming, tying, or finishing.
- a. Something, such as a tape measure, that resembles a ribbon.b. A long thin strip: a ribbon of sand along the shore.
- ribbons Tattered or ragged strips: a dress torn to ribbons.
- An inked strip of cloth used for making an impression, as in a typewriter.
- a. A band of colored cloth signifying membership in an order or the award of a prize.b. A strip of colored cloth worn on the left breast of a uniform to indicate the award of a medal or decoration.
- ribbons Informal Reins for driving horses.
- See ledger board.
transitive verbrib·boned, rib·bon·ing, rib·bons
- To decorate or tie with ribbons.
- To tear into ribbons or shreds.
Origin of ribbonMiddle English ribban, riban, from Old French ruban, probably of Germanic origin; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.
- A long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing or the hair or gift wrapping.
- An inked strip of material against which type is pressed to print letters in a typewriter or printer.
- A narrow strip or shred.
- a steel or magnesium ribbon
- sails torn to ribbons
- (shipbuilding) Alternative form of ribband.
- (slang, dated, in the plural) Driving reins.
- (heraldry) A bearing similar to the bend, but only one eighth as wide.
- (spinning) A sliver.
- (computing, graphical user interface) A toolbar that incorporates tabs and menus.
- (cooking) In ice cream and similar confections, an ingredient (often chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, or fudge) added in a long narrow strip.
(third-person singular simple present ribbons, present participle ribboning, simple past and past participle ribboned)
- To decorate with ribbon.
From Old French riban (French: ruban).