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cordon bleu

[French kawr-dawn blœ]
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noun, plural cor·dons bleus [French kawr-dawn blœ] /French kɔr dɔ̃ ˈblœ/.
  1. the sky-blue ribbon worn as a badge by knights of the highest order of French knighthood under the Bourbons.
  2. some similar high distinction.
  3. one entitled to wear the cordon bleu.
  4. any person of great distinction in a specific field, especially a distinguished chef.
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adjective
  1. (of a dish made with thin slices of veal, chicken, etc.) interlaid or stuffed with ham and cheese and then sautéed: chicken cordon bleu.
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Origin of cordon bleu

1720–30; < French: literally, blue ribbon
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Examples from the Web for cordon bleu

Historical Examples

  • The germs of this unbelief had been sown in the doctor's mind by his own cordon-bleu, Sophie.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • Her vanity as a cordon-bleu was piqued because she did not receive the compliments she expected, and which she felt she deserved.

  • The mistress of the hotel cooked for us herself, and she was quite a cordon-bleu, I assure you.

  • In making herself a cordon-bleu she was thinking of Jean-Jacques's comfort; though she was, it must be owned, tolerably dainty.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for cordon bleu

cordon bleu

noun
  1. French history
    1. the sky-blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of knighthood under the Bourbon monarchy
    2. a knight entitled to wear the cordon bleu
  2. any very high distinction
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adjective
  1. of or denoting food prepared to a very high standard
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Word Origin

French, literally: blue ribbon
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