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[rib-uh nd]
  1. a decorative ribbon.
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Origin of riband

1350–1400; Middle English: ribbon
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Examples from the Web for riband

Historical Examples

  • Riband macaroni is best for these dishes, and should not be done so much.

    The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual

    William Kitchiner

  • But presently I sought for a riband that was around my neck, and drew out a locket.

    Richard Carvel, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • He had cocked his hat, on which were bows of riband, and he wore a sword.

  • Two ounces and a half of this riband are cut into 150 pieces of equal dimensions.

  • The lazagnes are macaroni left in the fillet or riband shape.

British Dictionary definitions for riband



  1. a ribbon, esp one awarded for some achievementSee also blue riband
  2. a flat rail attached to posts in a palisade
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Word Origin

C14: variant of ribbon
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Word Origin and History for riband


archaic for "ribbon," late 14c., from ribbon, with excrescent -d.

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