- torn or ragged strips; shreds: clothes torn to ribbons.
- reins for driving.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ribbon
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
William and Harry were today cutting the ribbon on a new recovery centre for the charity Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.
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|Martha Plimpton|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Blake Gopnik|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And with a fine dose of ribbon embroidery and a bit of sparkle, grunge was dressed up enough for a grownup.
I was still so youthful that I felt uneasy about the ribbon which seemed to blaze and draw all eyes.My Recollections|Jules Massenet
He could get him into a corner, and quarrel with him privately about the cut of his beard, or the color of his ribbon.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
Lou blushed until her cheeks were as red as the ribbon on her hat.The Starbucks|Opie Percival Read
I hoped for a forgotten hairpin, for some tiny piece of ribbon.The Arrow of Gold|Joseph Conrad
She bent forward, arranging the ribbon of a slipper, and her mouth met his in a long kiss.Cytherea|Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for ribbon
Word Origin for ribbon
Word Origin and History 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.