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ribbon

[ rib-uhn ]
/ ˈrɪb ən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form in ribbonlike strips.

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Origin of ribbon

1520–30; variant of Middle English riban(d) <Old French, variant of r (e)uban, perhaps <Germanic. See band2

OTHER WORDS FROM ribbon

rib·bon·like, rib·bon·y, adjectiveun·rib·boned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ribbon

ribbon
/ (ˈrɪbən) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of ribbon

ribbon-like or ribbony, adjective

Word Origin for ribbon

C14 ryban, from Old French riban, apparently of Germanic origin; probably related to ring 1, band ²
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