I. noun Etymology: Middle English riban, from Anglo-French ribane, rubane Date: 14th century 1. a. a flat or tubular narrow closely woven fabric (as of silk or rayon) used for trimmings or knitting b. a narrow fabric used for tying packages c. a piece of usually multicolored ribbon worn as a military decoration or in place of a medal d. a strip of colored satin given for winning a place in a competition 2. a strip of inked fabric (as in a typewriter) 3. plural reins for controlling an animal 4. tatter, shred — usually used in plural <
a sheet cut to ribbons
5. ribbandribbonlike adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1716 1. a. to adorn with ribbons b. to divide into ribbons c. to cover with or as if with ribbons 2. to rip to shreds

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  • Ribbon — Rib bon, n. [OE. riban, OF. riban, F. ruban, probably of German origin; cf. D. ringband collar, necklace, E. ring circle, and band.] [Written also {riband}, {ribband}.] 1. A fillet or narrow woven fabric, commonly of silk, used for trimming some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ribbon — [rib′ən] n. [ME riban < MFr riban, ruban < ? MDu ringband, collar < ring,RING2 + band, akin to BAND1] 1. a) a narrow strip of silk, rayon, velvet, etc. finished at the edges and of various widths, used for decoration, tying things, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • ribbon — late 14c., ribane, from O.Fr. riban a ribbon, variant of ruban (13c.), of unknown origin, possibly from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to BAND (Cf. band). Modern spelling is from mid 16c. Custom of colored ribbon loops worn… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ribbon — ribbon, riband Ribbon was originally a variant of the older form riband (pronounced like ribbon with a d at the end) and is now overwhelmingly the dominant form. In general use riband is normally confined to heraldry and to sports prizes, notably …   Modern English usage

  • ribbon — ► NOUN 1) a long, narrow strip of fabric, used for tying something or for decoration. 2) a ribbon of a special colour or design awarded as a prize or worn to indicate the holding of an honour. 3) a long, narrow strip. 4) a narrow band of inked… …   English terms dictionary

  • Ribbon — Rib bon, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ribboned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ribboning}.] To adorn with, or as with, ribbons; to mark with stripes resembling ribbons. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ribbon —   [engl.], Farbband …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ribbon — fillet, band, *strip, stripe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ribbon — В этой статье не хватает ссылок на источники информации. Информация должна быть проверяема, иначе она может быть поставлена под сомнение и удалена. Вы можете отредактировать эту стать …   Википедия

  • Ribbon — For other uses, see Ribbon (disambiguation). The personal coat of arms of the Princess of Asturias surrounded by the ribbon of the Spanish Order of Charles III …   Wikipedia

  • ribbon — rib|bon [ˈrıbən] n ↑ribbon ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(piece of cloth)¦ 2¦(military honour)¦ 3¦(prize)¦ 4¦(something narrow)¦ 5 be cut/torn to ribbons 6¦(ink)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: riband ribbon (14 21 centuries), from Old French riban, ruban] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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