blue ribbon


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blue ribbon

n.
1. An award made from a blue ribbon given to a competitor who finishes in first place.
2. An award or honor given for excellence.

blue′-rib′bon adj.

blue ribbon

n
1. (Historical Terms) (in Britain) a badge of blue silk worn by members of the Order of the Garter
2. a badge awarded as the first prize in a competition
3. US a badge worn by a member of a temperance society

blue′ rib′bon


n.
1. a blue ribbon given as the first prize in a contest.
2. the highest award.
3. a blue ribbon worn as a badge of honor by members of the British Order of the Garter.
[1645–55]

blue′-rib`bon



adj.
of superior or unmatched quality.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blue ribbon - an honor or award gained for excellence
badge - an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.); "they checked everyone's badge before letting them in"
References in classic literature ?
Some faint attempts she had made with blue ribbon, to freshen the appearance of a dingy curtain, she now saw to be piteous.
cried Dorothy, who was sorry for the poor man; so she ran back to the buggy and took from her suit-case a pretty blue ribbon.
With our glasses we could see the blue ribbon on his neck and a patch of white on his brown chest.
She held out a dusty little packet tied with faded blue ribbon.
The Cowardly Lion had a big bow of blue ribbon fastened to the long hair between his ears, and the Tiger wore a bow of red ribbon on his tail, just in front of the bushy end.
She was cut out of paper, but she had on a dress of the finest muslin, with a scarf of narrow blue ribbon round her shoulders, fastened in the middle with a glittering rose made of gold paper, which was as large as her head.
A young lady, in the act of tormenting a guitar strung about her neck by a couple of yards of blue ribbon, is not half so engaging.
If you had tied a bit of blue ribbon round his neck you could have won prizes with him at a show.
To his left, back of the rows of citizens, was a spacious temporary platform upon which were seated the scholars who were to take part in the exercises of the evening; rows of small boys, washed and dressed to an intolerable state of discomfort; rows of gawky big boys; snowbanks of girls and young ladies clad in lawn and muslin and conspicuously conscious of their bare arms, their grand- mothers' ancient trinkets, their bits of pink and blue ribbon and the flowers in their hair.
Emma watched them in, and then joined Harriet at the interesting counter,trying, with all the force of her own mind, to convince her that if she wanted plain muslin it was of no use to look at figured; and that a blue ribbon, be it ever so beautiful, would still never match her yellow pattern.
I don't know what he had looked like, except a funeral; with the addition of a large Danish sun or star hanging round his neck by a blue ribbon, that had given him the appearance of being insured in some extraordinary Fire Office.
The good wine which Musqueton had placed before them traced out in glowing drops to D'Artagnan a fine perspective, shining with quadruples and pistoles, and showed to Porthos a blue ribbon and a ducal mantle; they were, in fact, asleep on the table when the servants came to light them to their bed.