Variant of ribbon
- 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: Middle English riban from Middle French riban, ruban from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Dutch ringband, collar from ring, ring plush 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
- ribbonlike adjective
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