- 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
- 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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Examples from the Web for blue-ribbon
Establishing a blue-ribbon commission in the midst of scandal is a time-honored Washington tradition.Obama’s Panel on Domestic Spying Abuses Didn’t Pull Its Punches
December 20, 2013
No one can do it for them—not pollsters, not blue-ribbon commissions, not even elections.With the Fiscal Cliff Looming, It’s Time to Take Politics Off the Table
Mark McKinnon, William A. Galston
December 4, 2012
Unfortunately that responsibility will fall to yet another Washington, D.C., blue-ribbon commission.We Need Plans, Not Prayers
June 16, 2010
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
Our Annual Handicap is the blue-ribbon event of the year so far as most of us are concerned.Fore!
Charles Emmett Van Loan
"Think it is like the blue-ribbon army," he said, when he returned to Netty's side.The Vultures
Henry Seton Merriman
I rode on Mrs. Scot-Williams' beautiful, black, blue-ribbon winner.The Fifth Wheel
Olive Higgins Prouty
- (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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