red ribbon


a badge, banner, rosette, or the like made of red-colored ribbon or other material and used to signify the achievement of second place, as in a contest.

Compare blue ribbon.

Origin of red ribbon

First recorded in 1715–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for red ribbon

Historical Examples of red ribbon

  • From Christina of the rock-bound speech he blasted the items that she was wearing "a dress all new" and "a red-ribbon hat."

    The Lions of the Lord

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The red-ribbon became intelligible; it fell into line with Morewood's ill-disciplined wish.


    Anthony Hope