- a projecting course of stones at the base of a parapet.
- the coping of a scarp.
- a stringcourse, especially one having little or no projection.
- a cut-stone riser on a stepped ramp or the like.
verb (used with object)
- cordless telephone,
- cordon bleu,
- cordon sanitaire,
Origin of cordon
Examples from the Web for cordon
I threaded my way through the silent throng of spectators, but was stopped at Fourth Street by a cordon of police.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turkish authorities poured into the small town to cordon off the sites, with riot police keeping the crowds away.
Cordon off a few key machines and the assembly line cannot function.
A group of people can cordon off your dies and force management to use nightsticks if they want to get at them.
The first part I read, a minor Cordon Bleu instructor, required me to say the words “an egg.”
The interior is curiously arranged with a cordon of sculpture, high in the vaulting.The Cathedrals of Northern France|Francis Miltoun
Munford returned to Harrisonburg, drew his cordon across the Valley, and pushed his outposts twelve miles to the northward.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
This form of cordon is simply bent back and forth against a trellis forming a series of S's one above another.Dwarf Fruit Trees|F. A. Waugh
It was a cordon he would have to fight his way through: but he dissolved it with a word.Gunman's Reckoning|Max Brand
They had struck the cordon of picket posts which surrounded the surrendered army.
Word Origin for cordon
mid-15c., "cord or ribbon worn as an ornament," from Middle French cordon "ribbon," diminutive of Old French corde "cord" (see cord). Sense of "a line of people or things guarding something" is 1758. Original sense preserved in cordon bleu (1727) "the highest distinction," literally "blue ribbon," for the sky-blue ribbon worn by the Knights-grand-cross of the Holy Ghost (highest order of chivalry); extended figuratively to other persons of distinction, especially, jocularly, to a first-rate cook. Cordon sanitaire (1857), from French, a guarded line between infected and uninfected districts.
1560s, "to ornament with a ribbon;" 1891 as "to guard with a cordon;" from cordon (n.). Related: Cordoned; cordoning.