blue-ribbon

[ bloo-rib-uh n ]
/ ˈbluˈrɪb ən /

adjective

of superior quality or prominence; first-rate; specially selected: a blue-ribbon committee of fund-raisers.

Nearby words

  1. blue-jeaned,
  2. blue-leg,
  3. blue-on-blue,
  4. blue-pencil,
  5. blue-red,
  6. blue-ribbon jury,
  7. blue-ringed octopus,
  8. blue-rinse,
  9. blue-singlet,
  10. blue-sky

Origin of blue-ribbon

First recorded in 1925–30; adj. use of blue ribbon

blue ribbon

noun

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.

Origin of blue ribbon

First recorded in 1645–55

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British Dictionary definitions for blue-ribbon

blue ribbon

noun

(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
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