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[bloo-rib-uh n] /ˈbluˈrɪb ən/
of superior quality or prominence; first-rate; specially selected:
a blue-ribbon committee of fund-raisers.
Origin of blue-ribbon
First recorded in 1925-30; adj. use of blue ribbon

blue ribbon

the highest award or distinction, as the first prize in a contest:
His entry at the state fair won a blue ribbon.
a blue ribbon worn as a badge of honor, especially by members of the Order of the Garter of the British knighthood.
(initial capital letters). Also, British, Blue Ribband. (formerly) a prize awarded to an ocean liner making the fastest recorded trip across the Atlantic Ocean between Ambrose Lightship and Bishop Rock.
a badge used by some temperance organizations to indicate a pledge of abstinence from alcohol.
First recorded in 1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Going in for the real old simon-pure, blue-ribbon brand of respectability this time, ain't you Madgie?

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • If I see her every day I shall have seen the blue-ribbon winner.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • If I'm nothing else, I'm blue-ribbon boy on the health question.

    The Lieutenant-Governor Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • I rode on Mrs. Scot-Williams' beautiful, black, blue-ribbon winner.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • "Think it is like the blue-ribbon army," he said, when he returned to Netty's side.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • I'll order the cart around and show you that blue-ribbon cob I bought at the horse show.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Its a blue-ribbon place or Moretense wouldnt have besieged Miss Remson to let her in here.

British Dictionary definitions for blue-ribbon

blue ribbon

(in Britain) a badge of blue silk worn by members of the Order of the Garter
a badge awarded as the first prize in a competition
(US) a badge worn by a member of a temperance society
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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