Grand cordon

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the cordon or broad ribbon, identified with the highest grade in certain honorary orders; hence, a person who holds that grade.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I heard the king say the other day that he should like to see you wear the grand cordon of St.
I must be made count and receive the grand cordon of the Legion of honor as a reward for my public services.
President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon on Madeleine Majorenko, outgoing head of the European Economic and Trade Office, for her contribution to promoting bilateral relations.
Buhari will attend the ceremony as the Special Guest of Honour and will receive: 'The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers' which is the Republic of Liberia's highest national honour.
A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), said apart from being the Special Guest of Honour at the event, President Buhari will receive 'The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers,' Republic of Liberia's highest national honour.
Le Souverain a decore ces trois siplomates du Grand cordon du Wissam Alaoui (Classe exceptionnelle).
In a statement, the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday said Prince Norodom Sirivudh will be conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun 'in recognition of His Royal Highness' contribution to strengthening relationship and friendship between Japan and Cambodia'.
Tokyo, May 23 (Petra)-- Emperor Naruhito, who ascended the Imperial throne of Japan earlier this month and in his first conferment ceremony, bestowed upon Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh the Grand Cordon of Order of the Rising Sun, the highest Japanese decoration awarded to non Japanese personalities, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Thursday.
Following the service, Aoun granted Sfeir the Grand Cordon of the Lebanese Order of Merit, which was placed on a red cushion and carried alongside the coffin.
In November last year, Dr Mahathir was also conferred the 'Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers' by Emperor Akihito of Japan.
On this occasion, the Head of State decorated Hamdi Meddeb with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Republic, in recognition of the considerable role played by Esperance Sportive de Tunis and by the successive leaders of the club, in the supervision of youth and the efforts to raise the national colours high in the various regional and international sporting events.