- torn or ragged strips; shreds: clothes torn to ribbons.
- reins for driving.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ribbon
Related Words for ribbonbow, decoration, tape, streamer, strip, stripe, braid, prize, binding, fillet, band, award, trimming, cordon, corse, bandeau, banderole
Examples from the Web for ribbon
Contemporary Examples of ribbon
At various times, we had spoken about honors--Hitchcock had been awarded the Légion d'Honneur and wore a ribbon in his lapel.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
William and Harry were today cutting the ribbon on a new recovery centre for the charity Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.Harry's Helping Hand For Heroes
May 20, 2013
The red AIDS ribbon subsequently became a unifying symbol for engagement and solidarity.Martha Plimpton on Women’s Rights, Sandra Fluke, and Organization A is For
November 5, 2012
The ribbon whooshes up and along walls before settling down, here and there, into something you can sit on.Vito Acconci Named Designer of the Year by Design Miami
October 24, 2012
And with a fine dose of ribbon embroidery and a bit of sparkle, grunge was dressed up enough for a grownup.Raf’s Ready-to-Wear Debut at Dior
September 28, 2012
Historical Examples of ribbon
History is a ribbon, always unfurling; history is a journey.
She had a ribbon in her long, glossy hair, and her face shone pleasantly with soap.In the Valley
He rolled the ribbon up tightly, and then tossed it lightly toward her face.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
It was a white lamb, decorated from ears to tail with knots of ribbon and with flowers.Hetty's Strange History
He had obtained the ribbon of the Legion of Honour for his father.The Fortune of the Rougons
Word Origin for ribbon
early 14c., ribane, from Old French riban "a ribbon," variant of ruban (13c.), of unknown origin, possibly from a Germanic compound whose second element is related to band (n.1); cf. Middle Dutch ringhband "necklace." Modern spelling is from mid-16c. Originally a stripe in a material. Custom of colored ribbon loops worn on lapels to declare support for some group perceived as suffering or oppressed began in 1991 with AIDS red ribbons.