[ kawr-dn ]
/ ˈkɔr dn /


verb (used with object)

to surround or blockade with or as with a cordon (usually followed by off): The police cordoned off the street.

Origin of cordon

1400–50; Middle English < Middle French, diminutive of corde Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cordon

/ (ˈkɔːdən) /


a chain of police, soldiers, ships, etc, stationed around an area
a ribbon worn as insignia of honour or rank
a cord or ribbon worn as an ornament or fastening
Also called: string course, belt course, table architect an ornamental projecting band or continuous moulding along a wall
horticulture a form of fruit tree consisting of a single stem bearing fruiting spurs, produced by cutting back all lateral branches


(tr often foll by off) to put or form a cordon (around); close (off)

Word Origin for cordon

C16: from Old French, literally: a little cord, from corde string, cord
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